|English.news.cn 2011-11-03 15:19:58||FeedbackPrintRSS|
BAQUBA, Iraq, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Up to 10 people were killed and 25 wounded Thursday in suicide bomb attacks in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, the police said.
The first attack took place at about 9:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest among a group of the Awakening Council members in front of an Iraqi army base in the Um al-Edham area near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a source from Diyala's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Minutes later, a booby-trapped car went off at a garage outside the base when Iraqi security forces arrived at the scene of the first blast, the source said.
"Our latest reports said that 10 people were killed and 25 others wounded, most of them were Awakening Council group members and security members," the source said.
The victims were gathering at the entrance of the base to collect their salaries when the suicide bomber attacked them, the source said.
The two blasts set ablaze six civilian cars and three police vehicles at the scene, the source added.
Iraqi security forces cordoned off the scene and launched an investigation into the incident, he said.
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.
Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.