Four anti-Qaeda militiamen, soldier killed in Iraq
[Al Ahram] Gunmen rubbed out four anti-Qaeda Death Eaters in central Iraq on Friday, while a roadside kaboom killed an Iraqi soldier, security and medical officials said.
Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Khan Bani Saad, south of the city of Baquba, killing four Sahwa Death Eaters and wounding four others, a militia commander said on condition of anonymity, adding that the attackers were able to escape.
And a roadside kaboom against a patrol in the city killed one soldier and maimed another, an army major said. Dr Ahmed Ibrahim of Baquba General Hospital confirmed the tolls. Friday's deaths brought the number of people killed in attacks since June 13 to at least 212 -- an average of more than 12 per day, and a far higher toll than the 132 who were killed in the entire month of May, according to official figures.
A significant amount of the violence has occurred in and around Baquba, capital of confessionally mixed Diyala province, north of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
On Thursday, a car boom went
kaboom! near a Shiite place of worship in Baquba, killing six people and wounding 51, while two people were killed and four maimed in another bombing, and three more maimed in an attack near the city.
On June 18, a jacket wallah killed 22 people in an attack on Shiite mourners in Baquba, and 10 people were killed in a series of attacks in and around the city on June 13.Violence has declined significantly since its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks still remain common.
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