Kirkuk, Iraqi, 1 Jumadil Awal 1434/ 12 March 2013 (MINA) – Iraqi security officials say at least nine people have been killed and over 160 others injured in bomb and shooting attacks carried out across the country, according to Xinhua report monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Tuesday.
Three civilians and two police officers were killed after a bomb explosion near a police station in the town of Dibis, northwest of the oil city of Kirkuk on Monday.
Local officials say most of the people injured in the attack were pupils at a neighboring Kurdish girls’ secondary school.
Elsewhere, gunmen killed one person in the Al-Amil district of Baghdad and another north of the capital, security and medical officials said.
Gunmen also killed a blacksmith near Baquba, north of Baghdad, and a soldier in the main northern city of Mosul.
The violence comes as Iraqi security forces arrested a senior militant leader with links to the al-Qaeda network in Iraq in the western province of al-Anbar.
The detained militant leader had been wanted in connection with a series of terror attacks against civilians and Iraqi government forces.
The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks that have left more than 480 people dead across the country this year, according to a tally by AFP.
Furthermore, a suicide bomber killed five people and wounded 120 others in northern Iraq on Monday, while three people were killed in two other attacks in central Iraq, the police said.
A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car near the police headquarters in the town of al-Debis, some 45 km northwest of Kirkuk city, killing five people and wounding 120 others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Three of the killed were policemen and some 65 of the wounded were students in a nearby secondary school, the source said.
The huge blast caused severe damages to the police headquarters as well as to the school and a government building, the source added.
The ethnically-mixed province of Kirkuk and its capital Kirkuk City, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, are part of the disputed areas between the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans.
In a separate incident, two civilians were killed by gunmen using silenced weapons in Sabie al-Bour area in north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a blacksmith near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.
Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings. (T/P011/E1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)