Five killed in Iraq's violence

2013-02-10 13:59:30 GMT2013-02-10 21:59:30(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BAGHDAD, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed and three wounded in bombings and shootings in northern and central Iraq on Sunday, the police said.

Two policemen were killed when gunmen attacked their checkpoint in central Mosul city, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, gunmen attacked a car carrying employees of an oil refinery in the town of al-Qiyarah, some 60 km south of Mosul, killing one of them and wounding three others, the source said.

In Salahudin province, a sticky bomb attached to a car detonated in the provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, killing the driver, who has not been immediately identified because his body was badly charred by the fire sparked in his car by the blast, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

In the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Colonel Mushtaq Talib, a police officer, escaped unharmed an assassination attempt, but his driver was killed when gunmen opened fire from their silenced weapons on his car in Baghdad's southern district of Doura, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Violence is still common in Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

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