Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 2:42pm

Many killed in string of Iraq attacks

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A wave of shooting and bombings in Iraq has killed at least 30 people and wounded 104, security and medical
officials said.

Four car bombs in the Taji neighbourhood in the north of the city killed at least six and injured eight others, police sources told Al Jazeera on Sunday. The back-to-back blasts began at 7:15am local time (04:15 GMT).

In a separate incident, an unidentified gunman killed an Iraqi police colonel in the Amel neighbourhood, in the south of the city. That attack was followed by car bomb that targeted the police team that arrived to investigate the shooting. A civilian was killed and at least four people were injured, authorities said.

In the Tarmiyah district of north Baghdad, unidentified gunmen attacked and army checkpoint, killing at least two soldiers and injuring one.

Also in Baghdad, a parked car bomb exploded in the eastern Karada neighborhood, targeting a police checkpoint, killing two people.

In Balad Ruz, northeast of the capital, four people were killed and five injured in another car bombing targeting police in a market place, sources told Al Jazeera.

In the city of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, an improvised explosive device targeting a police patrol killed four policemen and injured two others.

In Kut, about 150km southeast of Baghdad, a suicide car bomber hit a police checkpoint in a minibus, killing at least three policemen and injuring seven other people.

A car bomb also targeted a Shia shrine in the city of Madaen, south of the capital, killing at least two people and injuring nine others, authorities told Al Jazeera. Among those injured were two Iranians.

Prison break

Sunday’s violence comes after 102 prisoners, including 47 convicted members of al-Qaeda affiliated group the Islamic State of Iraq escaped from a prison in Tikrit, following a suicide car bombing outside the jail late on Thursday.

The prison was later assaulted by gunmen and at least 16 security force personnel were killed in clashes.

The interior ministry said on Friday night that four of the fugitives had been killed and 23 captured, as Iraqi forces continue to hunt for the others.

While insurgents opposed to the Baghdad government are regarded as weaker than in past years, they have shown they can strike at even the most heavily protected sites in Iraq.

Targets in recent months have included prisons, police stations, the anti-terrorism directorate in Baghdad, a military base and an entrance to Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, where the government is headquartered.


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