11 killed in Iraq violence

Baghdad, Nov 5 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed and 35 others wounded in separate bombing and shooting incidents in Iraq Monday, police said.

One of the attacks occurred in the morning when a car bomb went off while a police convoy was leaving the gate of a police station in Shirqat city, some 110 km north of Saladin governorate's capital Tikrit, a police source told Xinhua.

Minutes later, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the scene after being shot by the guards, the source said. The bombings left 11 civilians and three policemen wounded.

In a separate incident, a car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint outside the police academy in the southern entrance of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, wounding four civilians and three policemen.

Elsewhere, police thwarted a coordinated attack around noon when two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests and disguised in army uniforms tried to break into a police station in Riyadh town, some 45 km west of the provincial capital city of Kirkuk, the source said.

The guards of the station recognised the suicide bombers and opened fire on them, forcing the attackers to blow up themselves outside the station, the source said, adding that two policemen were killed and six others wounded.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead three employees working for the Nineveh's provincial government and wounded another while they were waiting for their bus in al-Shurta district in Mosul city, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

Another employee working for Nineveh's provincial government was gunned down by armed men in a separate attack near his house in eastern Mosul, the source said.

Gunmen entered a restaurant in eastern Mosul and shot dead Uof Abdul-Rahman, a judge of a local court, while he was having his lunch, the source added.

In another attack some gunmen broke into a jeweller shop in a commercial area of Mosul and shot dead the jeweller, he said.

Also in the province, a gunman was killed and four captured when they tried to attack an army checkpoint at a village located some 30 km south of Mosul, he added.

Near Baghdad, gunmen in a speeding car threw a hand grenade on an army checkpoint in Rashdiyah area, some 30 km north of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding three others, a police source said.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, almost 7,000 Iraqis were killed and over 16,000 others injured from January to October this year.

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