Nine killed in bombings, shootings in Iraq
Two secondary school students and a policeman were killed in a shooting at a checkpoint in the city of Samarra, north of the capital, Baghdad, on Saturday.
A roadside bomb went off in a village south of the town of Sharqat, north Baghdad, killing two children.
Also in Sharqat, gunmen shot dead a parliamentary candidate Mohammed Hussein Hamid. He was the second election candidate to be killed this year after Hamza al-Shammari was killed in a shooting last month.
Some 20 election candidates were killed ahead of the country’s provincial council elections last year.
In Khales area of north Baghdad, army Lieutenant Colonel Abbas al-Rubaie and one soldier were killed in a roadside bomb blast.
This came as Iraqi security officials and police are frequently attacked by militants.
One person was also killed in a shooting in the northern city of Mosul, which is considered as one of the most dangerous parts of Iraq.
Iraq has been experiencing its deadliest cycle of violence since 2008, with Anbar Province viewed as the epicenter of al-Qaeda-linked militancy that has gripped the country’s west over the past two months.
Violence erupted in Anbar last December when security forces cleared a protest camp which the government said was used by militants for launching terrorist attacks.
On March 1, the UN mission to Iraq said a total of 703 people were killed and 1,381 others wounded in Iraq in February.
Baghdad was the worst affected region with 239 deaths, followed by central Salahuddin Province with 121 killed and northern Nineveh Province with 94 killed.
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