11 killed in attacks in Iraq
Eleven people were killed and 21 wounded on Wednesday in separate shootings and bombings in Iraq, including a suicide truck bombing, police said.
The deadliest attack occurred in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden truck into a police station in the town of al-Salam near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing five people and wounding up to 12 others, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The huge blast destroyed part of the police station and nearby buildings, the source said, adding that many of the dead and wounded are policemen.
Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border, has long been a volatile area since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated military operations against the militant groups.
In northern Iraq, two civilians were shot dead by gunmen in two attacks in the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.
In a separate incident, a police officer was killed when a roadside bomb struck his car in the city of Qaiyara, some 50 km south of Mousl, the source said.
In Baghdad, a civilian was killed and six wounded when a bomb ripped through an outdoor market in Sab al-Bour district in the northern part of the capital, while a policeman was critically wounded by a sniper shot while manning a checkpoint in Baghdad's eastern district of Sadr City, a local police said.
Near Baghdad, two government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group members were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their car in Abu Ghraib area, some 25 km west of the capital, a local police source told Xinhua.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, almost 7, 000 Iraqis were killed and over 16,000 others injured from January to October this year.