4 Killed, 6 Injured in Attacks in Iraq
    2012-05-05 21:57:56     Xinhua       Web Editor: Liuyuanhui
Four people were killed and six others injured in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in central and northern Iraq, the police said on Saturday.

In Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk, a member of the government-backed Awakening Council group was killed and another injured when a roadside bomb went off near their car in al-Rashad town near the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The Awakening Council group, also known as Sons of Iraq movement or Sahwa, consists of mostly former anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent militant groups, who turned their rifles to fight al- Qaida network after Sahwa's leaders became dismayed by al-Qaida's brutality and religious zealotry in the country.

In Iraq's western province of Anbar, a civilian was killed and another wounded when a sticky bomb attached to their car exploded in the morning in the city of Haditha, some 200 km west of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

In a separate incident, an Iraqi army officer was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated late on Friday night in Baghdad's western district of Yarmouk, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.

Also in the Iraqi capital, gunmen in their car opened their fire late on Friday night on a crowd of civilians gathered in Baghdad's southwestern district of Saidiyah, killing one and injuring four others, the source said.

Sporadic attacks are still common in Iraqi cities despite the sharp decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.