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Nearly a dozen people are killed in Iraq bombing, shooting attacks

Iraqis inspect the damage on October 6, 2015, a day after a car bomb explosion in a busy area in the town of Hosseiniyah, located some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad. (Photo by AFP)

Nearly a dozen people have lost their lives and 30 others sustained injuries in separate bomb explosions and shooting incidents in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and elsewhere in the crisis-hit Arab country.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said unidentified gunmen sprayed a civilian car with bullets as it was traveling on Mohammed al-Qasim Expressway in eastern Baghdad, leaving one employee of the Iraqi Ministry of Justice dead and two others wounded, Arabic-language al-Baghdadia satellite television network reported.

Earlier in the day, a civilian was killed and six others wounded when a bomb attached to a car went off in the Bob al-Sham neighborhood of northern Baghdad.

Separately, an improvised explosive device detonated close to a commercial district in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad, on Tuesday, killing one civilian and injuring eight others.

Unknown gunmen also shot dead two pro-government and anti-al-Qaeda Sahwa (Awakening) fighters in the city of Muqdadiyah, situated about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

An Iraqi man looks at a burnt vehicle on October 6, 2015, a day after a car bomb explosion in a busy area in the town of Hosseiniyah, located some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad. (Photo by AFP)

A bomb explosion near a commercial district in the town of Taji, located 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Baghdad, also left one civilian dead and eight others injured.

Two other Sahwa fighters were also killed and five others injured on Tuesday when unidentified gunmen stormed a security checkpoint near the town of Madain, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Baghdad, and opened fire indiscriminately.

Additionally, a farmer lost his life when an improvised explosive device planted in an orchard went off in the town of Abu Sayda, located about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

On Tuesday morning, a dentist and his assistant were killed and a civilian was injured, when unidentified armed men stormed the dentist’s office in the town of Tarmiyah, situated about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad in a shooting attack.

The assailants later fled the scene, and a search operation is underway to arrest the perpetrators of the act of violence.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq says a total of 717 Iraqis were killed and another 1,216 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in September alone.

Iraqi men walk past the site of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad’s central neighborhood of Battaween early on September 29, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 537. Violence also claimed the lives of 180 members of the Iraqi security forces. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 257 civilians were killed.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Takfiri Daesh militants began their activities in Iraqi territory in June 2014.

Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units have joined forces and are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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