20 killed, 54 wounded in suicide bombing in eastern Iraq

BAQUBA, Iraq, April 6 (Xinhua) -- A total of 20 people were killed and 54 others wounded Saturday when a suicide bombing struck a rally of an election campaign in the city of Baquba, the capital of Diyala province in eastern Iraq, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

The attack occurred around noon when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at a rally of the election campaign of Muthanna al-Jourani, a candidate for the secular bloc of Iraqia, in Baquba, some 65 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

"Our reports said that 20 people were killed and 54 wounded by the attack," said the source, who earlier put the toll at 10 killed and 25 wounded.

The toll could rise again as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the wounded to the different hospitals and medical centers in the city, the source said.

Jourani himself was among the wounded, along with many local dignitaries and politicians, the source added.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But such bombings were apparently an attempt by insurgent groups, including al-Qaida, to stir up sectarian strife among Iraqis ahead of the country's provincial elections scheduled for Aril 20.


7 killed, 34 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, April 5 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and 34 others injured in separate attacks in violence-plagued Iraq on Friday, police said.

Three civilians were killed and seven others injured when a roadside bomb exploded near a fruit and vegetable market in Mahaweel, 50 km south of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.Full story

Gunmen attack major gas field in western Iraq, 2 killed

RAMADI, Iraq, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Gunmen attacked headquarters of a contracting company in Akkas gas field in Iraq's western province of Anbar, killing two engineers and kidnapping another, a provincial police source told Xinhua on Tuesday.

The attack occurred late on Monday when gunmen in two vehicles carrying assault rifles attacked the headquarters of a local company hired by the South Korean firm of KOGAS to work at the desert area near the Syrian border, the source said on condition of anonymity.Full story

Iraq executes 4 people, including former al-Qaida leader

BAGHDAD, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Justice on Monday announced it has executed al-Qaida's former Baghdad leader and three others over terrorist and criminal charges.

"The executions for the four terrorists were carried out by hanging, for their role in leading terrorist groups which planned and carried out a large number of criminal acts against the people in a number of provinces, including bombings in Baghdad and (Iraq' s western province of) Anbar," the ministry said in a statement.Full story

Source http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/special/iraq/2013-04/06/c_132288098.htm


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