30 killed, 50 wounded in Iraq's violence

30 killed, 50 wounded in Iraq
# 21 November 2013 17:58 (UTC +04:00)

The deadliest attack occurred before noon in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala when a minibus loaded with more than 100 kg of high explosives went off at a busy marketplace in the city of Sa' diyah, some 120 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing 25 people and wounding 45 others, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Omer al-Hemiyari, governor of Diyala, confirmed the toll in a statement and said that "what happened in the Sa'diyah is an atrocious crime and a security breach that led to the deaths of dozens of innocent people."

The huge blast of the minibus set fire to eight civilian cars and ten shops and destroyed dozens of stalls, the police source said.

The ethnically mixed city of Sa'diyah is part of the disputed areas claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the government of the autonomous region of Kurdistan, which wants to incorporate areas at the edges of its current Kurdish region in northern Iraq into its domain. The Kurds move is fiercely opposed by Baghdad government.

In a separate incident, a soldier was killed and his brother wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their house in Sa' diyah, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, two young men were killed and two others injured in a motorcycle bomb explosion in the northeastern part of Diyala's provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said, adding that two more people were wounded in a bomb explosion near a house in the nearby town of Buhruz.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the border in east of the country, has long been a volatile area since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated military operations against militant groups.

In Baghdad, gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead two brothers at their shop in a commercial street in the Shiite- dominated neighborhood of Baiyaa in southern the capital, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, almost 7, 000 Iraqis were killed and over 16,000 others injured from January to October this year.