12 killed in Iraq unrest as US pullout looms

Other News Materials 30 June 2009 11:13 (UTC +04:00)

At least twelve people have lost their lives and two others have sustained injuries in the latest string of attacks to hit conflict-plagued Iraq, reported Press TV.

Ten people were killed on Monday as a car crammed with explosives detonated inside a garage in al-Hamadaniya district in the eastern part of Iraq's third largest city, Mosul.

A five-year-old child and a Kurdish security agent were among the victims of the blast in the disrupted northern Iraqi city.

Meanwhile, two security agents lost their lives in Mosul when they were defusing a bomb placed on a bridge. The explosion ripped through the Hamamal-Aleel district, some 20 km (13 miles) south of Mosul city.

Mosul - considered a haven for the al-Qaeda-linked insurgents -- remains the scene of constant bombings in the war-wracked country. It is the capital city of Iraq's Nineveh province, which is situated some 396 km (250 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Elsewhere, police forces on Monday arrested nine people suspected of committing armed attacks against the security forces in Asaadan village. The village is located south of Falluja in western Anbar province.

Also on Monday, one civilian was wounded as an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the vicinity of a US patrol vehicle at al-Sinaie neighborhood, south of oil-rich Kirkuk.

The escalating bloodshed throughout war-wracked Iraq precedes a deadline for Washington to pull combat troops out of Iraqi cities and towns. On June 30, combatant American troops will withdraw from Iraqi cities and towns, handing over the security responsibilities to native forces.

Earlier in June, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that insurgents were likely to intensify their attacks in the coming weeks in an attempt to downgrade the confidence in the Iraqi security personnel.