Policeman killed, 10 others wounded in Iraq's violence

10:15, March 12, 2010      

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A policeman was killed and 10 others were wounded in attacks in Iraq's western Anbar province and eastern Diyala province on Thursday, local police said.

A policeman was killed and two others were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their patrol in Dhraa Dijla area east of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast also destroyed one of the police vehicles, the source said.

Anbar province has increasingly seen deadly attacks in recent months, although it has been relatively calm in the past several years after Sunni tribes and anti-U.S. insurgent groups turned to cooperate with the U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces against al-Qaida in Iraq network.

In Diyala, eight people were wounded by separate bomb and gunfire attacks across the province which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country.

The province has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.

The attacks came as Iraqis across the country are waiting for partial results of the country's landmark parliamentary elections which were carried out four days ago.

Source: Xinhua
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