At least 11 killed, 21 wounded in Iraq violence

April 10th, 2008 - 8:22 pm ICT by admin  

Baghdad, April 10 (DPA) At least 11 people were killed and 21 wounded Thursday in separate incidents in Iraq, police said Thursday. In the capital, six people were killed and 19 wounded during security operations aimed at clearing the city of illegal militant groups.

General Qassim Atta, spokesman for the Baghdad operations, said in a statement that the Iraqi forces killed three militants in Azamiya district, while three Iraqi police were also killed.

He added that 19 other people were wounded and 33 detained during security operations in Mahmoudiya, Taji and Abu Ghoreib areas.

Atta said the Iraqi government would lift the vehicle curfew imposed in Baghdad’s Shula district Friday. A curfew in Shia Sadr City area of east Baghdad will also be lifted Saturday.

Meanwhile, US helicopters continued Thursday to strike the Sadr City, witnesses told DPA.

Loud explosions could be heard in Sadr City, a stronghold of the Mahdi Army of radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, which has been encircled by US and Iraqi troops since March 25.

Intensive attacks were reported occurring Wednesday and lasting until the early hours of Thursday.

There however was no word as to the number of casualties.

In Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, Iraqi police said that five Iraqis were killed and two others were wounded in separate attacks across the city.

In one incident, militants wearing police uniforms attacked a house in Kirkuk’s Howija area in the early hours of Thursday. Two brothers were killed and their father was wounded in the attack, police sources said.

A police officer and his nephew were killed when militants attacked them on their way to work in Jamila district in Kirkuk.

Another civilian was killed when militants open fire at him near his house in Rashad area, southern Kirkuk, police said.

Sources said that Iraqi police detained 13 militants in separate areas across Kirkuk.

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