At least 14 killed in fresh Iraq violence

March 22nd, 2008 - 9:32 pm ICT by admin  

Baghdad, March 22 (DPA) At least 14 people were reported killed Saturday, including civilians, Iraqi police officers and US soldiers, in separate incidents across Iraq, US military and media reports said. In northwest of Baghdad, two US soldiers were killed and one was injured when an explosive device went off targeting their vehicle, the US military said. Two civilians were also killed in the attack.

In Baquba, north of Baghdad, members of the Awakening Councils shot dead two civilians and an Iraqi police officer as they targeted a patrol, the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency said.

Also in Baquba, Iraqi police troops were wounded when suspected terrorists targeted a patrol in Mansour area, sources told VOI.

The Awakening Councils are local police squads located mainly in Sunni Iraqi provinces and aim at fighting the Al Qaeda terrorist network.

In the northern city of Kirkuk, at least one civilian was killed and nine were wounded when a bomb targeting an Iraqi patrol went off in the al-Dahab al-Aswad area, security sources told DPA.

Six members of the Awakening Council were killed and two others were wounded when a US helicopter hit the Om Talayeb area in the northern city of Samara, sources told DPA.

The sources said the US forces targeted the Awakening Council members in the early hours of Saturday as they had not been notified of their presence in Samara.

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