Seven killed in Iraq violence

Baghdad, July 19 (IANS) Seven people, including five women, were killed and 16 wounded in separate attacks across Iraq, police said Friday.

Two women were killed and two wounded early Friday when a mortar round landed on their house in al-Mahlabiyah in the west of Mosul, 400 km north of Baghdad, Xinhua quoted police as saying.

Late Thursday, gunmen broke into a house in Ur neighbourhood in the eastern part of Baghdad and shot dead three women.

In a separate incident, 11 young men playing football were wounded Thursday night when two mortars hit a football field in western Samarra city, some 120 km north of Baghdad, a police source said.

Gunmen also shot dead a shopowner at his shop in Nahrawan area in Baghdad. A civilian was killed when a bomb planted at his shop detonated in Maqdadiyah city, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in five years.


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