A total of 14 people were killed and 15 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings across Iraq on Sunday
Baghdad - XINHUA
A total of 14 people were killed and 15 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings across Iraq on Sunday, police and medical sources said.
In Anbar province, two soldiers were killed and two others wounded in clashes erupted in southeastern the provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, unidentified gunman opened fire on students heading to the college of agriculture in central Ramadi, leaving a female student killed and five others students wounded, the source said.
Meanwhile, a police officer and a policeman were killed and two policemen wounded in a clash between Iraqi police and gunmen in the town of Saqlawiyah, just north of the militant-seized city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, the source added.
In addition, six people including two children and three women were killed, and three children and three women from one family were also wounded by artillery and mortar shelling on several neighborhoods in the besieged city of Fallujah, a medical source from the city hospital told Xinhua.
Anbar province has been the scene of fierce clashes that flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in late December last year.
In Salahudin province, a policeman shot dead two gunmen in an area located just west of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, 170 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source said, adding that the gunmen first tried to abduct the policeman, but he managed to seize their weapon and opened fire on them.
Also in the province, Iraqi security forces raided a safe house of a suspected leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant ( ISIL), an al-Qaida breakaway group in Iraq, near the city of Samarra, 120 km north of Baghdad, and shot him dead, the source said.
Iraq is witnessing some of its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, a total of 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years.