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Nine killed in spate of Iraq attacks

In Baghdad and Diyala province, at least nine people are killed in a series of bombings and shootings

AFP , Thursday 10 Jan 2013
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A spate of bombings and shootings in Baghdad and a restive province north of the capital killed nine people Thursday morning, security and medical officials said.

In Baghdad, a car bomb at 8:00am (0500 GMT) killed at least three people and wounded 11 others near a police station in the predominantly Shia neighbourhood of Hurriyah, officials said.

A series of separate shootings and bombings in Diyala province killed six people and wounded six others. The victims included an army officer gunned down inside his house and two guards of Diyala University president killed in bomb blasts as they were escorting him in a convoy.

The latest violence comes with Iraq mired in a series of interlocking crises that have raised tensions as anti-government protesters have blocked off a key trade route for more than two weeks amid ongoing rallies.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Thursday's attacks.

Violence is down in Iraq from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, especially in Baghdad and Diyala, which has the highest per capita rate of civilian deaths nationwide according to monitor group Iraq Body Count.

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