At least 63 killed, as many injured in Iraqi violence

March 23rd, 2008 - 9:55 pm ICT by admin  

Baghdad, March 23 (DPA) At least 63 people were killed Sunday, including Iraqi soldiers and members of the same family, while 63 were injured in separate incidents across Iraq, officials and media reports said. In southeast Baghdad, militants opened fire on civilians in the Zafarneyia district killing seven and wounding another 16, the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency reported. The dead included women and children.

Another five Iraqis were killed and eight injured when a rocket struck a residential area in Baghdad’s Kamiliya district.

Meanwhile, police sources told VOI that four civilians were killed when another rocket hit a house in al-Sadr city, in eastern Baghdad.

Another rocket hit a house in Baghdad’s Karada district, wounding two civilians and damaging nearby houses, VOI said. The injured were taken to hospital after the blast.

The death toll in a suicide attack in Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, rose to 13 Iraqi soldiers, while the number of wounded reached 30, including 12 civilians, VOI said.

An explosives laden-vehicle detonated in the Haramat area of western Mosul early Sunday, targeting an Iraqi army site, VOI said.

Three Iraqi troops and a police officer were killed when a bomb targeting their patrol exploded in Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, VOI reported.

In another development, five civilians were wounded, three seriously, when mortar shells hit the city of Kut about 150 km south-east of Baghdad, VOI said.

Two residential areas were hit by five mortar shells early Sunday, police told VOI. Sources said troops had been deployed across the city to investigate the attack.

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