BAGHDAD, Jan. 24 — Three people were killed and 12 wounded Thursday in separate bombings and shootings in Iraq, the police said.
A policeman was killed and five people were wounded when a sticky bomb attached to a truck carrying vegetables detonated as it stopped at a police checkpoint at the entrance of Balad town, some 80 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua anonymously, adding that two policemen were among the wounded.
In a separate incident, a gunman was killed and his mother wounded when his explosive-belt detonated at his house in the town of Ishaqi, some 100 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, the police found the body of a man with a bullet hole in his head near the town of Edhiem in north of the provincial capital city Baquba, a provincial police source told Xinhua, adding that six other people were wounded in two bomb attacks across the province in the same day.
The attacks came a day after a deadly attack carried out by a suicide bomber at a funeral inside a Shiite mosque in the city of Tuz-Khurmato, killing up to 40 people and wounding some 80 others, according to a final police report.
Sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in Iraq despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.