Seven killed, 20 injured in three attacks in Iraq (Lead)

October 20th, 2008 - 12:44 am ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, Oct 19 (DPA) Gunmen killed five people, including an Awakening Council leader in a raid on his house in northern Iraq, while two civilians were killed in an explosion in Baghdad Sunday, according to local media reports.The gunmen forced their way into Awakenings leader Amer Gassem Khadir’s house, killing him and four others in Salahaddin province, a police source told the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency.

The gunmen escaped after destroying part of the house.

Two women and a child were injured in the raid. It was not specified if the casualties were members of the same family.

Awakening Councils consist of armed tribal Sunnis who have fought alongside US military forces against the Al Qaeda terrorist network.

Separately, two civilians were killed and 10 were injured when a bomb went off in Baghdad, a police source said.

The bomb went off near a petrol station in Zafaraniya district, the police source told the VOI news agency.

Also in Baghdad, seven people were injured in an attack in the southeastern district of Zafaraniya, VOI reported.

The blast hit an Iraqi police patrol. Three policemen were among the injured.

Meanwhile, tribal police found a mass grave containing 11 decayed bodies in Samara, 120 km northeast of Baghdad, Awakening Council commander Sheikh Khaled Fleih Hassan told VOI.

One of the bodies was identified as the son of the former chief of Samara municipal council.

It was believed that the 11 were kidnapped by the Al Qaeda terrorist network and shot dead last year.

The bodies were taken to Samara public hospital to be handed over to their relatives.

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