Seven killed in Iraqi violent attacks

Baghdad, March 13: At least seven people were killed and 15 wounded in separate violent attacks in Iraq Wednesday, police and medical sources said.

A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a police station and blew it up in the city of Baiji, some 200 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The blast killed two policemen and injured four others, Xinhua reported.

In Iraq’s Anbar province, artillery and mortar shelling on several neighborhoods in Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, during the day left three people dead and seven others injured.

In a separate incident, two soldiers were killed by sniper shots during clashes between the army and gunmen near the town of Khaldiyah, some 80 km west of Baghdad.

lso in the province, mortar barrage struck the town of Saqlawiyah, just north of Fallujah, damaging several houses and wounding four civilians.

A total of 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and police personnel, were killed in 2013. The Iraqi government has frequently warned and complained of the spillover of violence from the crisis in neighboring Syria.

IANS