15 killed in attacks across Iraq

Baghdad, Feb 26: At least 15 people were killed and 82 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq, including a deadly car bomb attack in the capital city of Baghdad, authorities said Tuesday.

The car bomb went off late in the afternoon near a Shiite mosque in the commercial district of Karrada in Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 41 others, a police source told Xinhua.

In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a roadside bomb struck a bus carrying school teachers south of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, leaving 10 teachers wounded, a police source said.

Three people were killed and seven others wounded when a car bomb exploded in a popular market in Hamrin area, 50 km northeast of Baquba, the source added.

In western Iraq, a suicide car bomber blew up his explosive-laden car into the entrance of Anbar’s provincial council headquarters in the city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, leaving three soldiers dead and 15 people wounded, police said.

Also in the province, Wisam al-Issawi, a medical source in Fallujah hospital, said that his hospital received four civilians wounded by mortar barrage on three neighbourhoods in the besieged city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad.

In Salahudin province, four policemen were killed and two others wounded when gunmen attacked their checkpoint at a village near the city of Baiji, some 30 km north of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, a police source said.

Three more policemen were wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked their checkpoint near the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 90 km east of Tikrit, the source added.

Salahudin province is a Sunni-dominated province and its capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.

Iraq is witnessing its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, a total of 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years.

IANS