3 killed, 9 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-06 03:40:29|Editor: yan
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BAGHDAD, June 5 (Xinhua) -- A total of three Iraqi people were killed and nine others wounded Wednesday in separate incidents in the provinces of Kirkuk and Diyala, the Iraqi military and security sources said.

In Kirkuk province, two paramilitary tribal fighters were killed and four others wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near the vehicle in a village near the town of Hawijah, some 50 km southwest of the city of Kirkuk, Hussein al-Obaidi from the local police told Xinhua.

Meanwhile two farmers were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle near the town of al-Dibis, some 40 km west of the city of Kirkuk, the media office of the Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement.

The blast caused a fire that burned a 35 donum (donum equals 2,500 square-meter) of wheat belonging to one of the farmers, the statement said.

Also in the province, Islamic State (IS) militants attacked a checkpoint manned by paramilitary Hashd Shaabi members near the town of al-Rashad, some 35 km south the city of Kirkuk, wounding two Hashd Shaabi members, another statement by the media office of the JOC said.

In the eastern Diyala province, a civilian was assassinated in his home in the edges of the town of Qara Tapa, some 110 km northeast of the provincial capital Baquba, Mohammed al-Tamimi from the provincial police told Xinhua.

The security forces launched an investigation into the assassination incident, al-Tamimi said.

Also in Diyala province, a civilian was wounded when unidentified gunmen shot him near his home in the edges of al-Had al-Akhdar, an area located some 20 km northeast of Baquba, al-Tamimi said, adding security forces launched a search operation looking for the attackers.

The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country late in 2017.

IS remnants, however, have since melted in urban areas or resorted to deserts and rugged areas as safe havens, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.