2 soldiers killed in Iraq's violence
Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and five security members wounded in three attacks, including a suicide car bombing, in central and northern Iraq on Thursday, the police said, Xinhua reported.
A suicide car bomber struck an Iraqi army checkpoint at night outside a military base in the village of Zaidan in Abu Ghraib area, just west of Baghdad, killing a soldier and wounding two others, a source from the operation command of Anbar province told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Also in the province, two policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their patrol in an area south of Fallujah City, some 50 km west of Baghdad, the source said.
In Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, a soldier was killed and another wounded when gunmen attacked their checkpoint in western Mosul, the provincial capital city, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Violence is still common in Iraqi cities as security deteriorated, causing a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country about five months after Iraq held parliamentary elections on March 7.