A total of four people were killed and 27 wounded in separate shootings and bombings across Iraq on Thursday, the police said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
A government-backed Awakening Council group leader and one of his group members were killed when gunmen in their truck opened fire from their assault rifles on a checkpoint manned by the group members at a village near the town of al-Zab west of the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Another group member was also wounded by the attack, the source said.
Meanwhile, four members of the Sunni paramilitary group were wounded by gunmen in two attacks in the towns of Baiji, some 200 km north of Baghdad, and Balad, 80 km north of the capital, the police said.
The Awakening Council group, also known as Sons of Iraq movement or Sahwa, consists of mostly anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent militant groups, who fought al-Qaida network after Sahwa’s leaders became dismayed by al-Qaida’s brutality and religious zealotry in the country.
Separately, a car bomb went off at livestock market in the town of Aziziyh, some 60 km southeast of Baghdad, wounding 14 people, a police source in the town anonymously told Xinhua.
In the northern Iraq, gunmen shot dead a government employee in front of his house in northern the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.
In a separate incident, gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a policeman in central the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, a local police source said.
In addition, eight people were wounded when two roadside bombs exploded almost simultaneously in the mainly Shiite district of Shurta al-Rabia in the south western part of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.