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Five soldiers, police officer killed in Iraq's violence

09-21-2011 15:53 BJT

BAGHDAD, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Five soldiers and a police officer were killed and five others injured Wednesday in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala and the capital of Baghdad, the police said.

In Diyala, five soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol near a joint U.S. and Iraqi military base, some 80 km north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a source from Diyala's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast destroyed a military vehicle, the source said, adding that Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene and carried out search operation in the area.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb ripped through the village of Hwira, some 30 km southwest of Baquba, injuring three civilians, the source said.

Also in the province, a man and his son were wounded by gunmen who broke into their house in the city of Maqdadiyah, some 40 km northeast of Baquba, the source added.

In Baghdad, Mustafa Galib, a police colonel, was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car went off in the western district of Ameriyah, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attacks are part of wave of assassinations by militia and gangs against Iraqi security members, officials and civilians. The attackers' tactics varied from suicide bombings, gunfire by silenced weapons and sticky bombs attached to vehicles.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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