41 killed, 22 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq
At least 41 people were killed and 22 others wounded in the latest wave of violent attacks across Iraq, police said on Friday.
In the capital city of Baghdad, a total of 18 people were killed and 22 others were injured in bombing and shooting attacks, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In the deadliest attack, five people were killed and nine others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a popular football playground in the Radwaniya area of southwestern Baghdad, the source said.
One civilian was killed and seven others were wounded when a roadside bomb went off in the Nahrawan area of eastern Baghdad, while another civilian was killed and six others were injured when a roadside bomb exploded in Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad.
An employee of the Environment Ministry was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car exploded in the Iskan area of western Baghdad, the source said, adding that another government employee was killed when a sticky bomb struck his car in the Al Geder area of southeastern Baghdad.
Unidentified gunmen stormed a house in Zayouna of eastern Baghdad and killed a man and five women before they fled, the source said, adding that the bodies of three women were found in the Husseeiniya area of eastern Baghdad.
In a village near Mishahda, 40 km north of Baghdad, unknown gunmen wearing military uniforms and driving vehicles similar to those used by the government forces kidnapped 15 people Thursday night and their bodies were found Friday morning, a source from the Interior Ministry told Xinhua.
The bodies of seven beheaded workers were founded Friday in Tikrit, 160 km north of Baghdad, hours after being kidnapped by unknown gunmen, a local police source said.
Sa'ad Ali Sheet, the mayor of the town of Hamam Aleel, some 375 km north of Baghdad, was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car went off, the police source said.
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.