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Ten killed in attacks across Iraq

Posted on Aug 23 2014 | IANS

Baghdad, Aug 23 : Ten people were killed and 50 wounded in a wave of attacks across Iraq Saturday, security sources said.

The deadliest attack occurred around mid-day when a suicide bomber blew an explosive-laden car near the intelligence headquarters in Baghdad's al-Masbah district, leaving up to four people dead and 35 wounded, Xinhua reported citing an interior ministry source.

The attack came a day after a deadly attack, said to be carried out by Shia militiamen on a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers in Iraq's Diyala province, left dozens dead.

In another attack in Baghdad, an army officer was killed and four soldiers wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Doura district.

Late Friday, Sunni extremist organisation Islamic State (IS) militants, an Al Qaeda offshoot, carried out an attack to seize the northern Iraqi town of Duluiyah, 90 km from Baghdad. But they were repelled by police and Sunni tribal fighters, a provincial police source said.

The attack, however, left four Islamic militants killed and 11 wounded, the source said.

In Diyala province, two IS leaders were killed when a police force raided their hideout in the mountainous area outside Himreen, 120 km from Baghdad.

The security situation in Iraq began to drastically deteriorate since June 10 when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and hundreds of militants of IS Sunni extremists organisation.

The IS took control of the country's Mosul city and later seized swathes of territories after the Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts in Nineveh and other predominantly Sunni provinces.

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