Terrorist attacks across Iraq leave 19 people dead
On Monday, three civilians and two army officers were killed in militant attacks in the northern province of Nineveh, AFP reported.
Eleven militants also died during an assault on an army position in the province.
Gunmen also killed a woman near her home in Baghdad, while one person was killed by a magnetic “sticky bomb” on a vehicle in Taji, north of the capital.
And in Ramadi, a city west of Baghdad where militants have controlled the territory since early last month, shelling killed a policeman and wounded three people.
Meanwhile, two roadside bombs exploded near the convoy of Nineveh’s governor, Atheel al-Nujaifi, in the provincial capital Mosul. The governor survived the attempt on his life, but two provincial councilors were wounded in the incident.
Al-Nujaifi, a brother of Iraq’s parliament speaker, was the target of two assassination attempts earlier this month.
The latest incidents of violence came at a time when Iraqi troops, backed by local Sunni tribesmen, are fighting al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the country’s western regions, including Anbar Province.
Violence erupted in Anbar late December, when security forces dismantled a protest camp which the government said was used by militants for launching terrorist attacks.
Official figures say some 1,013 people were killed in January alone, making it the deadliest month in Iraq since April 2008.
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