17 people killed in fresh wave of violence in Iraq
Dozens more were also injured in Friday’s clashes as the country approaches the parliamentary elections set to be held on April 30.
Clashes between militants and Iraqi soldiers in Yusufiyah, Latifiya, and Jurf al-Sakhr killed 15 militants along with three members of the security forces.
An army captain and his son were killed in a bomb attack on the doorstep of the officer’s home in the city of Baiji in northern Iraq, while bombings in the capital and in northern provinces killed six others.
In Tikrit, 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of Baghdad, gunmen shot dead two anti-al-Qaeda militiamen.
Clashes in the western province of Anbar also killed four.
Iraq has witnessed a surge in deadly attacks including bombings and shootings in recent months.
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.
Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos.
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