15 killed in Iraq's attacks

15 killed in Iraq's attacks

BAGHDAD, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 15 people were killed and 49 wounded in separate violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, police said.

The deadliest attack occurred in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala when 10 people were killed and 45 wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near dozens of mourners who were carrying the coffin of the son of a Sunni tribal leader in the town of Wajihiyah near Baquba, the provincial capital city of Diyala, some 65 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Late Saturday night, Mudhir al-Shallal, the tribal leader's son was killed by a bomb blast in his car in the town, the source added.

Violence and sectarian tensions have been running high recently between Sunni and Shiite communities in the volatile province of Diyala, as Sunnis and Shiites accuse each other of supporting extremists and militia groups.

In Iraq's western province of Anbar, tension was high as hundreds of Sunni Muslim people buried the body of Sheikh Khalid al-Jumaili, a leader of a Sunni anti-government protest in the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad.

The incident took place when unidentified gunmen intercepted the car of al-Jumaili and opened fire, the source said, adding that the son of al-Jumaili was wounded.

Separately, gunmen in several civilian cars kidnapped father of Ahmed al-Karboli, the minister of Industry and Minerals, and five people who were with him in the city of Qaim, some 330 km northwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene and carried out search operation in the nearby area close to the Iraqi- Syrian border, the source said.

Also in the province, Iraqi security forces exchanged fire with two gunmen in a car after the troops chased them in the city of Fallujah, killing a gunman and arresting the other, a police source said.

Meanwhile, two policemen were killed and three others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their patrol in Abu Ghraib area, some 25 km west of Baghdad, a local police source said.

Violence and insurgent attacks continue in the volatile Sunni Arab area in west of Baghdad that stretches through Anbar province to Iraq's western borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

In Baghdad, a real estate dealer was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his detonated while he was driving in Doura district in the southern part of the capital, a police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.