Provincial Governor Among Wounded in Iraq Violence; 16 Killed Across Country

Saturday: 16 Killed, 10 Wounded

by , February 23, 2013

At least 16 people were killed and 10 more were wounded mostly across northern and eastern Iraq. The governor of Diyala province was wounded in one of the most effective attacks.

A suicide car bomber attacked the Baquba home of Diyala province’s governor. The blast killed two bodyguards and wounded seven others, including the governor. Omar al-Humairi became governor of the restive province only last September.

In Mosul, five gunmen were killed as they tried to attack a checkpoint. Two policemen were shot dead. A bomb killed two soldiers. Gunmen stormed a home, where they killed a man and wounded his wife.

A bomb blast in Tikrit killed two people who may have been trying to plant the device. A house was also blown up.

A civilian was killed and another was wounded when a bomb exploded near Falluja.

Gunmen wounded an official in Kirkuk.

Four benzene tankers and a number of cars were set on fire at a restaurant near Samarra when a bomb exploded. The number of casualties was unknown.

No casualties were reported after an explosion in Sadr City.

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