-ANI): At least seven people were killed and 16 others wounded in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in eastern and central Iraq, the police said on Wednesday.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, gunmen broke into a house of a policeman and shot dead his father and brother in al-Hadeed area, near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a source from Diyala's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The policeman himself escaped the attack as he was not at the house when the attack occurred, the source said.
In a separate incident, insurgents blew up a roadside bomb in the same area near a police patrol while it passing by a Sunni mosque, killing three worshippers who were leaving the mosque and wounding six of them, the source added.
The blast also destroyed one of the police vehicles and wounded an officer and a policeman aboard, he said.
Elsewhere in the capital, a booby-trapped car detonated in al- Maghreb thoroughfare in northern Baghdad late on Tuesday night, killing two people and injuring eight others, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.
Violence in Iraq has ebbed from its climax during the years of U.S. occupation and sectarian strife that pushed the country to the brink of a civil war, but sporadic shootings and bombings still take place across the country. (Xinhua-ANI)