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23 Dead in series of attacks in Iraq

IRAQ ATTACKS | 31 de diciembre de 2012

An Iraqi man stands amid the ruins of his home after a car bomb exploded in the city of Al Hila, south of Baghdad. EFE

Baghdad, Dec 31 (EFE).- At least 23 people died Monday and 75 were wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq, police told Efe.

Three bombs planted near homes exploded in the town of Al Musaieb, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the capital, killing seven people and wounding five others.

Elsewhere, four Shiite pilgrims died and another 16 were wounded in a suicide attack using a car bomb in the Al Qarrada area of central Baghdad.

In Al Hila, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Baghdad, a pilgrim died and three others were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a mosque as a group of Muslims were en route to the holy Shiite city of Karbala.

In addition, three pilgrims who went to Karbala were wounded when a mortar round exploded in Al Latifeya.

The Muslim faithful were going to participate in the Shiite festival of Arbaeen.

In Diyala province, northeast of the capital, armed gunmen attacked the home of a reconciliation councilor, killing one of his bodyguards and injuring two others.

In the same province, a member of a pro-government militia, his wife and two of his children were killed when a bomb exploded inside their home.

At least five police officers died and six others were wounded as they were trying to deactivate a rocket that finally exploded in the northern city of Kirkuk.

In another incident, armed gunmen burst into a house in Al Tarmeya, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Baghdad, killed a man and wounded his wife and sister.

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