A new spate of violence in Iraq has caused the death of eight people and wounded more than a dozen others as the country experiences a bloody hostage-taking crisis.
“Four servicemen were wounded when a mortar shell landed on a headquarters of an Iraqi army contingent in the area of al-Haramat in western Mosul,” Aswat al-Iraq news agency quoted a security source as saying.
In Baghdad, a bomb explosion left five civilians wounded in the Tu’ma district in the capital’s southern Daura area. An explosive device planted close to a school in southern Baghdad’s Saydiya district targeted a police patrol, leaving three officers and a civilian injured.
Moreover, in Diyala province, a security guard of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s al-Dawa party lost his life in the provincial capital, Baqouba.
The incident occurred when a bomb attached to the car of two guards of Diyala’s former lawmaker, Taha Dir’a al-Saadi, exploded. The blast killed one of the guards and seriously wounded the other.
The deadliest incident, however, came when an explosive device went off close to a garage belonging to a police center in northern Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing six policemen and wounding four others.
On Sunday, Iraq witnessed an unprecedented hostage-taking in the capital where scores of worshipers were trapped inside a church in central Baghdad.
After a day of conflicting reports, an Iraqi interior ministry official on Monday put at 52 the death toll from the four-hour hostage-taking which came to its dramatic end after police intervention, AFP reported.
More than 60 people were also injured in the incident, he went on to say.