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FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, January 12

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:06 GMT
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Jan 12 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1300 GMT on Thursday.

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* LATIFIYA - A roadside bomb went off near Shi'ite pilgrims and wounded four of them at a main road in the town of Latifiya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

* BAGHDAD - Gunmen in a car carrying silenced weapons opened fire and killed two off-duty policemen in eastern Baghdad late on Wednesday, police said.

* KIFL - A car bomb exploded near a vegetable market and killed one person and wounded 12 others, including Shi'ite pilgrims, in the town of Kifl, about 150 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, a police source said. Another police source put the toll at 10 people wounded and said a bomb had been placed inside a car.

JBELA - A roadside bomb went off near a vehicle carrying Shi'ite pilgrims, wounding five, in the town of Jbela, 65 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, a local police source said.

Another police source said three people were wounded in the blast and they were not pilgrims.

BAAJ - Two gunmen were killed on Wednesday in clashes with soldiers in the town of Baaj, 375 km (235 miles) northwest of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed a man heading to work in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - A roadside bomb exploded on Wednesday near the house of a member of the government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia and wounded three of his children in the city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said. (Compiled by Baghdad bureau)

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