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Gunmen kill 7 police in attack on Iraq checkpoint

Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint north of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing seven, among them a captain, a police officer and a doctor said. The attack took place on the highway north of the city of Samarra, the sources said. str/wd/srm

Gunmen kill 7 police in attack on Iraq checkpoint

Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint north of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing seven, among them a captain, a police officer and a doctor said. The attack took place on the highway north of the city of Samarra, the sources said. str/wd/srm

Curfew imposed in Pakistan city after sectarian violence

A curfew has been imposed in Rawalpindi, a city just south of Islamabad, till midnight Saturday after sectarian clashes between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in which at least ten people were killed and at least forty injured, administration officials said. A spokesman of the Punjab government in Lahore said that curfew has been imposed on the recommendation of the commissioner and police chief of Rawalpindi who had reported high tension in several parts of the city.

Iraq attacks kill 11 people ahead of Shiite pilgrimage

Attacks in Iraq, including a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims, killed 11 people on Thursday, officials said, just a week ahead of a major annual Shiite pilgrimage. The violence follows the start of the Islamic new year and as Shiite Muslims converge on the shrine city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, for commemoration ceremonies. The bloodshed is the latest in Iraq's worst violence since 2008, with more than 5,500 people dead this year despite tightened security measures and a swathe of operations against militants.

17 People die in series of Iraq attacks

Baghdad, Oct 26 (EFE).- At least 17 people were killed Saturday and 15 others were wounded in attacks reported in different areas of Iraq, officials at the Interior Ministry told Efe. Six police officers lost their lives in a car-bomb suicide attack against a checkpoint on a highway to the west of the city of Samarra in the province of Salahuddin, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Baghdad. Authorities surrounded the area of the incident to guard against further attacks, the officials said.

Iraq blasts kill 20 as year's death toll passes 5,000

Bombings in Iraq killed 20 people Sunday and brought the year's toll to more than 5,000 dead in a surge in violence that authorities have failed to curb, officials said. Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict. The spike in violence, which has included a number of sectarian attacks, has raised fears of a relapse into the kind of intense Sunni-Shiite bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

Wave of bombings kills nine in Iraq

More than a dozen bombs exploded in Iraq on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding more than 70 others, officials said, as the death toll for 2013 nears 5,000. Ten car bombs and three roadside bombs hit eight different areas of Iraq, seven of them south of Baghdad. In the deadliest single attack, a car bomb exploded near a bus station in the city of Kut, killing four people and wounding 15, police and medical personnel said.

Iraq car bomb targeting shoppers kills 13

A car bomb exploded in a crowded street in a city north of the Iraqi capital on Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding 32, police and a doctor said. The dead included seven women and a six-year-old child, the doctor said. The blast in Samarra came as people shopped ahead of Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which begins on Tuesday. It is the biggest Muslim holiday of the year. Militants seeking to cause maximum casualties frequently bomb places in Iraq where crowds of people gather, including shopping districts, markets, cafes and mosques.

Attack on Shiite pilgrims kills 49 in Iraq

An attack targeting Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad killed at least 49 people and wounded at least 75 on Saturday, officials said. Accounts differed as to whether the attack in the Adhamiyah area of north Baghdad was a bomb followed by a suicide bombing, or a suicide bombing alone. The attack came as pilgrims walked to a shrine in Adhamiyah to commemorate the death of Imam Mohammed al-Jawad, the ninth Shiite imam. Iraq is home to some of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam, and millions of pilgrims visit them each year.

Baghdad area bombings kill at least 50

Twelve car bombs, mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas in and around Baghdad, killed at least 47 people Monday, while at least three died in a blast against Sunni worshippers, officials said. The bombings were the latest in a string of sectarian attacks in central Iraq that have raised the spectre of a return to the intense Sunni-Shiite violence that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people. The car bombs struck nine different areas, six of them Shiite-majority, one confessionally mixed and two Sunni-majority, also wounding more than 140 people.
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