4 killed, 12 wounded in Iraq's Diyala

4 killed, 12 wounded in Iraq's Diyala

BAQUBA, Iraq, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed and 12 others wounded in separate shootings and bombings, including a suicide bomb attack, in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police source said on Wednesday.

A Peshmerga (Kurdish security guards) member was killed and nine others wounded, when a suicide bomber drove his explosive- laden car into their checkpoint in the town of Jbara, some 100 km north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, which is about 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the town's mayor Aref Adel told Xinhua by telephone.

Jbara town is part of the disputed areas between the Kurds and Baghdad government. The Kurds want to incorporate these areas on the edge of their Kurdistan region into their domain, but their attempt is fiercely opposed by Baghdad.

In a separate incident, gunmen broke into the house of a member of the government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group in the early hours of the day, killing him and his wife, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, gunmen shot dead a civilian near his house in the town of Bani Saad, some 20 km southwest of Baquba, the source said.

In addition, a roadside bomb went off near an army patrol in Hashmiyat area, near Baquba, damaging a military vehicle and wounding three soldiers aboard, the source added.

Late on Tuesday night, unidentified gunmen opened fire on the house of Diyala governor Omer al-Hemiyari, clashing with his guards without causing any casualties, the source said.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edge of Baghdad to the country's eastern border, has long been a volatile area since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated military operations against the militant groups.