Seven killed in Iraq attacks
At least seven people were killed and more than 30 injured in shootings and bomb attacks in several parts of Iraq on Thursday, police reported.
Five were killed and 16 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a hairdresser's salon in central Mosul, 400 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad, security officials told dpa.
Two soldiers were killed when gunmen opened fire on an army checkpoint at Badosh, just west of Mosul, they added.
Meanwhile, four people were injured in Tikrit, some 170 kilometres north of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a car at a market, said the officials.
Thirteen civilians were injured in an attack on another marketplace in a village west of Mosul, reported Iraq's Alsumaria news website.
In a separate development, the Iraqi army said it had arrested 27 wanted terrorism suspects and seized 99 mortar bombs south of Baghdad, acting on intelligence.
Alsumaria quoted a military commander as saying the operation had been part of a security plan to protect pilgrims attending a ceremony commemorating the birth of the 12th and last Shiite Muslim Imam in the city of Karbala, 100 kilometres south of Baghdad.
Pilgrims in Karbala were targeted in a bomb attack on Tuesday that killed eight.