43 killed in violent attacks across Iraq

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Forty-three people were killed, including 32 militants, in violent attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, police and medical source said, Xinhua reported.

The deadliest incident occurred when Iraqi soldiers attacked positions of insurgent groups in Dweiliba area in southwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving 25 militants linked to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) killed, Brigadier General Saad Maan spokesman of Baghdad operations command said in a statement.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a joint army and police force carried out a raid at a camp of ISIL in al-Udhiem area in the northern part of the province and killed seven militants, three of them believed to be ISIL leaders, the provincial police chief Major General Jamil al-Shimmary said.

Elsewhere, a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint, manned jointly by Iraqi police and Kurdish security members, at the southern entrance of the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 200 km north of Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding 12 from both police and Kurdish security members, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, a police Colonel, his brother and his driver were killed by gunmen on a main road near the city of Baiji, some 220 km north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

In Anbar province, gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in the central part of the provincial capital city of Ramadi, and killed two soldiers and wounded six others, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Separately, artillery and mortar shelling on several neighborhoods in the besieged city of Fallujah left five civilians killed and 25 others wounded, a medical source from the city hospital told Xinhua.

Anbar province has been the scene of fierce clashes that flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in late December last year.

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