By PNA / Xinhua and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Five people were killed and four others injured Tuesday in separate gunfire and bomb attacks in northern and eastern Iraq, the police said.
In northern Iraq, four people were killed and two other wounded when gunmen using silenced weapons opened fire on their car in the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Also in Kirkuk, gunmen wounded a teacher at Kirkuk University, while he was driving his car in the district of al-Qadissiyah in southern the city, the source said.
In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a member of a government- backed Awakening Council group was shot dead when gunmen attacked him near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.
The Awakening Council group, or Sahwa in Arabic, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups which fought al-Qaida militants in the Sunni Arab areas after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
In addition, a former member of the banned Saddam Hussein’s Baath party was wounded when a sticky bomb attacked to his car detonated in al-Ameen district in northeastern Baquba, the source said.
Violence in Iraq has ebbed from its climax in 2006 and 2007, when sectarian conflicts pushed the country to the brink of a civil war, but tensions and sporadic shootings and bombings are still common across the country.