Gulf & Middle East
11 killed, 24 injured in Baghdad Bombings
Apr 25, 2007 - 7:50:14 PM

Baghdad, April 25 - At least 11 Iraqis were killed and 24 others wounded Wednesday, including policemen, in attacks in Baghdad and Baquba as Iraqi-US joint forces stormed two Sunni mosques in western Baghdad and detained two imams provoking outrage among Sunni leaders, sources said.

At least nine Iraqi policemen were killed and 16 others wounded when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up near the police station gate in Balad Ruz in southern Baquba, an Iraqi security source said.

Baquba and its suburbs have been subject to increasing violence. Baquba, 60 km north of Baghdad, is mostly populated by Sunni Muslims.

In eastern Baghdad, at least two Iraq civilians were killed and eight others injured when a roadside bomb near a fuel station in Shaab neighbourhood exploded, independent Voices of Iraq news agency reported, citing an Iraqi police source.

Joint Iraqi-US forces stormed two Sunni mosques and detained two imams and some security guards in operations in Ameriyah district in western Baghdad Tuesday, the Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars said in a statement Wednesday, calling it a 'terrorist' operation.

Meanwhile, US-led coalition forces have positively identified a terrorist killed on April 20 in an operation northwest of Baghdad as Muhammad Abdullah Abbas al-Issawi, also known as Abu Abd al-Sattar and Abu Akram, an emir - of an Al Qaeda terrorist network in Iraq.

Coalition forces arrested two suspected terrorists in a raid north of Karmah, and one suspected terrorist in an operation in Mosul, 400 km north of Baghdad.

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