Three killed, 10 injured in northern Iraq attacks
At least three people were killed and 10 injured on Monday in a series of attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police sources said, DPA reported
One policeman was killed and six injured when an explosive device targeting their patrol in southern Mosul went off, while three policemen were injured in another blast in the western part of the city.
A woman was killed and her brother injured during an exchange of fire between Iraqi forces and gunmen in the al-Mithaq area, eastern Mosul. In the nearby neighbourhood of al-Zohour, a teacher was shot dead by gunmen near a school.
Mosul, located some 400 kilometres north of Baghdad, and its surrounding towns are among Iraq's most ethnically diverse, and dangerous. Insurgents continue to mount near-daily attacks in the area, even as police claim that security sweeps have netted hundreds of detainees.
Both Iraqi civilians and security forces have increasingly been coming under attack from insurgents in recent months.
The surge in violence coincides with a drop in the US military presence in Iraq to below 50,000 soldiers, its lowest level since the 2003 US-led invasion.