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Iraq attacks target Shia, Sahwa

AFP, Monday 13 Dec 2010
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A bomb and suicide attack in Iraq killed six people on Monday, including four Shia and the wife and daughter of an anti-Qaeda fighter, police said.

The four Shia were killed and 17 others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the Diyala provincial town of Baladruz, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Baghdad, the police said.

It came after a similar attack on Sunday in the nearby city of Baquba, also in Diyala, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest near an Ashura procession, killing three people.

Each year, suspected Sunni insurgents target Shia who descend on Iraq for the commemoration of Ashura, which marks the slaying of the revered Imam Hussein by the armies of the Sunni caliph Yazid in 680.

Elsewhere on Monday, insurgents killed a woman and her daughter when they bombed the house of a member of Sahwa, the anti-Qaeda militia, in the town of Jurf Al-Sakhr, 75 kilometres (47 miles) south of Baghdad.

Separately, three people were wounded by a bomb in a northern district of Baghdad, said an interior ministry official.

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