8 killed, 18 wounded in attacks in Iraq

8 killed, 18 wounded in attacks in Iraq
# 23 August 2013 21:57 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Eight people were killed and 18 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings in central Iraq on Friday, police said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Gunmen at dawn broke into a house in the city of Dujail, some 60 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and shot dead a man, his wife and his mother, and wounded two of his sons, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb went off near a Sunni mosque during the weekly Friday prayer in the mix Shiite and Sunni district of Jihad in the southwestern part of the capital, killing two worshippers and wounding five others, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.

In a separate incident, a civilian was killed and five others were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad northern district of Adhamiyah, the source said.

Meanwhile, a civilian was killed and his son wounded when gunmen opened fire on their car in western Baghdad, the source added.

Elsewhere, a civilian was killed and four others were injured when a roadside bomb detonated in Baghdad southern suburb of Arab Jubour, he said.

In addition, three mortar rounds struck the house of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group leader in Abu Ghraib area, some 25 km west of Baghdad, damaging his house and wounding one of his sons, a local police source said.

The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

The attack came in the wake of deadly evening attacks in the country that killed some 37 people and wounded 64 others.

Iraq is witnessing the worst eruption of violence in five years, raising fears that the latest bloodshed is bringing the country back to a full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.

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