BAGHDAD, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Five people, including three members of a family, were killed and four others injured in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in Iraq, the police said on Sunday.
In the early hours of Sunday, gunmen planted bombs around a house made of mud and straw and blew them up in Taji area, some 20 km north of Baghdad, destroying the house and killing three family members, including a five-year-old boy, along with injuring their daughter, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.
In a separate incident, a civilian was injured when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated in Baghdad's southeastern district of Zaafaraniya, the source said.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a former security officer during Saddam Hussein's era was gunned down by armed men using assault rifles in the town of Buhruz, just south of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, an old women and her daughter were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in front their house in al- Gatoon area, just west of Baquba, the source said.
Also in the province, Iraqi security forces carried out search operations across the province during the past 24 hours and arrested six suspects, including five wanted individuals, the source added.
Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.