Bombs, shootings kill eight in Iraq

A series of attacks across Iraq on Sunday killed eight people, among them three soldiers and two policemen, security and medical officials said.

By (AFP)

Published: Sun 26 Aug 2012, 7:19 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:02 PM

Three soldiers were killed and two were wounded near Garma east of Fallujah, when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) struck their patrol, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Jerefi said.

Hamed Tafesh from Fallujah hospital confirmed his facility had received the bodies of the three soldiers and had also treated the two wounded.

Two policemen were killed and another wounded at Ur, a district north of Baghdad, when gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint, an interior ministry official said.

A source at the Imam Ali Hospital confirmed the facility had received the two bodies.

In another attack, gunmen armed with silencer-equipped pistols shot dead three security guards in Baghdad’s district of Zayuna, the interior ministry official said.

A source at Al-Kindi Hospital and another from the city’s morgue confirmed the toll.

A sheikh was also wounded in a gunfire attack at the Al-Wathak intersection in central Baghdad, medical sources said.

Late on Saturday, three soldiers were wounded by an IED north of Baquba, a city 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Baghdad, security and medical sources in the province of Diyala of which Baquba is the capital said.

The latest fatalities took to 254 the number of people killed in Iraq violence so far in August, according to an AFP tally.

Violence has significantly decreased in Iraq compared to the brutal years of 2006 and 2007, but attacks are still common across the country.

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