10 casualties reported in attacks across Iraq


At least 10 people have been killed in a series of attacks across Iraq.
According to police, Monday’s explosion’s also left 46 wounded, and killed seven members of an Iraqi family near their home in Mussayab, south of the capital Baghdad.
Three consecutive road side bombs were set off early on Monday targeting a police vehicle and the house of a prominent tribal sheikh leader in Balad Rouz town, east of Baquba city, killing one policeman and injuring four.
The head of the Babel provincial council’s convoy was also targeted with a car bomb parked in front of the provincial building killing one civilian and injuring five.
A string of attacks in restive Diyala province, north of Baghdad, wounded 19 people, including 10 Shia pilgrims who were on the traditional walk to the holy shrine city of Karbala to mark Arbaeen.
In the north, three policemen were killed and four critically wounded in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk when a bomb went off nearby as they were trying to defuse explosives, a police officer and a doctor at the city’s hospital said.
Four separate bombings in Kirkuk city and nearby towns, three of them targeting police and soldiers, wounded four people.
Meanwhile, a car bomb parked outside government offices south of Baghdad as the provincial governor was arriving killed two people.
The blast in the city of Hilla also wounded 19 people, including a guard for the governor of Babil province and one of his photographers, a policeman and a medic said. The governor himself was unharmed. The explosion also badly damaged shops and cars.
The latest attacks come amid prolonged anti-government demonstrations in mostly Sunni areas over the alleged targeting of their minority community by the Shia-led government in Baghdad, sparked by the arrest of at least nine bodyguards of finance minister Rafa al-Essawi on terrorism charges.
Essawi, a senior member of the Iraqiya bloc that is part of Maliki’s unity government but frequently criticises him in public, has called for the premier to resign, further deepening tensions between the two sides.
Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks still occur almost every day across the country.