IRBIL, May 15 (KUNA) -- Up to three Iraqis were killed and 11 others
suffered injuries in violent incidents close to the northern cities of Kirkuk
and Mosul on Tuesday.
In one of these incidents, unidentified gunmen boarding a civilian car
opened fire at a checkpoint, manned by members of the paramilitary militia,
Al-Sahwa, in the village of Al-Zerariah, southwest of Kirkuk, killing two
militiamen and wounding two others, said Colonel Serhed Qader, a local police
chief in North Iraq, in remarks to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
A source of Ninawa Operations Command told KUNA armed men fired three
mortar shells in direction of the governorate command building, located in
center of the province, but the shells missed the target, crashing into
civilians' houses. A civilian who was venturing out of his home was wounded,
along with three other persons.
Reporting a third, separate incident, the source said a booby-trapped car,
parked on side of a road in Dawarat Al-Sawas, south of Ninawa's provincial
capital, Mosul, blew up wounding five persons.
Scores of Iraqis have been killed, wounded or maimed in such attacks,
carried out by groups bent on destabilizing security of the nation.
Al-Sahwa was a militia, formed by the Baghdad government to help in
clampdown on hard-line militant groups, namely Al-Qaeda. (end)
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