According to police, at least 11 people were killed and 28 more wounded in the latest violent wave of attacks in Iraq on Monday. Xinhua News, quoting an anonymous police source, said that three people were killed and 20 others injured when a car bomb exploded in a market in the Tall Afar area west of Mosul, which is some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Another civilian was killed, and eight others were wounded, when a roadside bomb went off near a bakery in a market in Kamalya area in eastern Baghdad. Police also reported that earlier in the day, seven more people were killed in three separate violent attacks in central and eastern Iraq.
Quoting another anonymous source Xinhua reported that on Monday morning, gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead a man and his son, and separately gunned down another man in Baghdad ‘s southeastern suburb of Jaarah.
In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, gunmen in a car shot dead a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group member and his relative in the city of Maqdadiyah, about 40 km northeast of the provincial capital city of Baquba.
The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.
In a separate incident, two civilians were killed when gunmen opened fire on their car in the town of Abu Saiyda, some 30 km east of Baquba.
Iraq has been witnessed its worst eruption of violence in over five years, which is raising fears that the country is sliding back to a full-blown civil war that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.
(Source: Xinhua News)