Four killed in separate attacks in Iraq

Four killed in separate attacks in Iraq
# 21 August 2013 17:34 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Four people were killed in separate attacks in central Iraq on Wednesday, while insurgents blew up an oil pipeline in northern the country, police and officials said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

In one of the attacks, gunmen broke into the house of a government- backed Sahwa paramilitary group leader in Abu Ghraib area, just west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing his son and his cousin, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The group leader was not at his house when the attack occurred, the 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.

In Baghdad, an Iraqi army officer was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his private car exploded while he was driving in Mansour district in western the capital, a local police officer anonymously told Xinhua.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb struck the car of a police officer in eastern the city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, killing the driver and wounding the officer, a local police source said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a roadside bomb went off near a police commando patrol near the city of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, damaging a police vehicle and wounding an officer and one of his guards aboard, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

A passer-by was also wounded by the blast, the source said.

Meanwhile, insurgents bombed a major oil pipeline in three areas in northern Iraq, halting the flow of crude oil from Kirkuk to the port of Ceyhan on the southeastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, an official from state-run North Oil Company said.

Iraq's oil pipelines have been frequently attacked by insurgents since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, but the increasing violence in the Sunni Arab areas in north of Baghdad has dramatically reduced the oil sales in July to 5.6 million barrels, according to the Iraqi oil ministry data, falling from 16.4 million barrels in June 2011.

The Sunnis accuse the government of marginalizing them, and claimed that the Shiite-dominated Iraqi security forces were indiscriminately arresting their sons and torturing them.

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