Bombings in Iraq targeting police, pilgrims and city mayor kill at least 22

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Originally published on November 14, 2013

The city mayor of Fallujah and at least 22 police officers and civilians are among those who died in attacks across Iraq on Wednesday.

According to reports, the Fallujah city mayor, Adnan Hussein, was visiting a sewage pumping station to supervise a clean-up project when he was assassinated.

Gunmen on foot arrived at the scene, opened fire and killed him.

The same day, three roadside bombs exploded near a group of Shi'ite pilgrims near the city of Baquba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad.

They gathered in occasion of Ashoura, the remembrance commemorating the death of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq in the 7th century.

The attack killed eight people, including two children, and wounded 35, a police officer said according to AP.

A suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden truck into a police checkpoint outside the city of Tikrit. According to reports, at least 8 people were killed. Other 18 were wounded.

"A truck driver reached the checkpoint," police colonel Khalid Mahdi said, "and when asked by police to pull over, a powerful blast happened, killing two policemen and eight innocent passers-by."
Other bombs were detonated by militants near police officers' homes in the town of Karmah, west of the Iraqi capital. The attack killed four people and wounded 24.

And in Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, a bomb targeted a police patrol, killed one officer and wounded seven.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday's attacks, but Iraqi officials blame the bloodshed on al Qaeda.

According to AP, suicide attacks and bombings, especially against Iraqi forces and Shiites, are a favorite tactic of al-Qaida's local branch.

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