At least seven killed, nine wounded in Iraq violence

June 24th, 2008 - 4:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, June 24 (DPA) At least seven people were killed and nine wounded in separate incidents in Iraq, US military and media reports said Tuesday. In Baghdad’s Shiite Sadr city, an explosion occurred Tuesday in one of the governmental offices, killing two and wounding another eight, al-Arabiya news channel said.

No further details were mentioned about the incident, but US forces were reported to be at the blast scene, al-Arabiya said.

In another incident, police sources told the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency that US military killed Tuesday three people of the same family, and detained another two, while attacking a house in Oraibiy district of western Mosul.

Separately, the US military said two soldiers were killed and three others as well an interpreter were wounded in the attack near Salman Pak on Monday, a US military statement said.

“The attack occurred shortly before 1 pm as the coalition forces were leaving the Salman Pak Nahia council meeting facility,” according to the statement.

The forces killed the assailant.

But unnamed Iraqi and US security sources were cited by the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency as saying a local municipal councillor was killed after he opened fire on a US patrol near Salman Pak.

“The member of the municipal council, Ra’id Mahmud Ujayl, opened fire on the US troops. The reason is unknown. He was killed by US soldiers,” an Iraqi source was quoted as saying by VOI.

Salman Pak, also known as Madayn, is a village along the Tigris River, about 15 kilometres south of Baghdad. It was the scene of deadly sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite insurgents in the years after the US-led invasion in 2003.

The killing of the two soldiers brings the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq in June to 20, raising the total number killed to at least 4,104 since the 2003 invasion.

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