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FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, December 1

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 1 Dec 2011 13:42 GMT
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Dec 1 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1330 GMT on Thursday.

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* HASHIMIYA - Police said they found the bodies of two men who had been handcuffed, burned and shot in Hashimiya, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad.

* HILLA - A roadside bomb targeting departing U.S troops blew up and killed a civilian on the southern outskirts of Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, two police sources said.

* HADITHA - Police said they found the beheaded body of Sheikh Thalaj Zaalan on the western outskirts of Haditha, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Police said Zaalan was kidnapped on Wednesday from his home.

TAJI - Seven policemen were wounded when one of three roadside bombs they were trying to defuse went off in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

TAJI - Iraq's minister of environment escaped an assassination attempt by a roadside bomb that blew up when his convoy was passing. It wounded four people including one of the minister's guards in Taji, police said.

BUHRIZ - Gunmen using silenced weapons stormed three houses of Sahwa militiamen, killing eight members of two families and wounding five members of a third family in Buhriz, about 60 km (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

KHALIS - A car bomb exploded in a street market in the mainly Shi'ite Iraqi town of Khalis, killing 10 people and wounding 25 others, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police and hospital officials said. (Compiled by Baghdad bureau)

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