15 killed, 22 injured in Iraq violence (Lead)

July 6th, 2008 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, July 6 (DPA) At least 15 people were killed Sunday, including two children, and 22 injured, one of them a Kurdish politician, in separate attacks in Iraq, security sources said. In northeast Baghdad, a car bomb rocked the Shia Shaab district, killing six people and injuring 14, police said.

The explosion, in front of the mortuary of the city’s main al-Yarmuk Hospital, came as the Iraqi capital has been enjoying a lull in violence.

In the restive Diyala province, an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Mohamed Ramadan, survived a bomb blast, which killed his wife, two of his children and three bodyguards.

Elsewhere in Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, an Iraqi army soldier was killed and four injured when a bomb went off while they were on patrol in Baquba, a security source told the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency.

In the south, gunmen shot dead an Iraqi merchant after attacking his house in Kut, 170 km southeast Baghdad, security sources told VOI.

Samir Mohamed Jafaar was a US citizen whose garment-importing business from China is Iraq’s largest. He arrived in Iraq from abroad 10 days ago, the sources added.

Gunmen riding in a car kidnapped two female students north of Mosul, 400 km north of Baghdad, VOI reported. The women were from Talkif in northern Nineveh province.

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