• 19 killed in Iraq blasts, shootings

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    BAGHDAD: At least 19 people were killed and 16 wounded in separate shootings and bombings across Iraq on Thursday, police said.

    In one attack, a roadside bomb ripped through a popular market in Doura district in the southern part of the Iraqi capital in the morning, killing seven people and wounding 15 others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

    The blast also caused damage to many nearby shops and stalls, the source said.

    In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, an employee working in the provincial Diyala satellite channel was gunned down by armed men and another provincial government employee was wounded in a separate gunmen attack in the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

    In a separate incident, a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary fighter was killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his house at a residential area located some 10 km west of Baquba, the source said.

    In northern Iraq, two fighters of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group were shot dead by gunmen who stormed their checkpoint in Shirqat area, some 280 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.

    The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-US Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

    PNA/XINHUA

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