Middle East News
Five dead in northern Iraq violence
Mar 25, 2011, 9:34 GMT
Mosul, Iraq - A total of five people died in a bomb blast and an exchange of fire in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, security sources said Friday.
Two civilians were killed and three injured when a bomb went off on a main road in the western part of Mosul, located some 400 kilometres north of Baghdad.
'The bomb was targeting police patrols which pass through this road frequently,' Mohamed Al-Jabouri, head of Mosul's security operations, told the German Press Agency dpa.
He said police had cordoned off the area and closed the road fearing the presence of another bomb nearby.
In a separate incident late Thursday, three gunmen were killed in clashes with the police in Mosul, among the most ethnically-diverse and dangerous cities in Iraq. Insurgents mount near-daily attacks there.
Meanwhile, in the western city of Ramadi, gunmen blew up the house of a journalist on Friday. The attack left seven members of his family, including three children, injured.
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