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Attacks Kill 10 in Iraq                09/21 10:06

   BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bomb and mortar fire attacks killed ten people in Shiite 
areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they 
succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic 
State militants west of Baghdad.

   Police officials said three mortar shells landed on a residential area in 
Sabaa al-Bour, a town just north of Baghdad, killing six, including a 12-year 
old-boy. Several cars were damaged in the attack, which wounded 17. Later, a 
bomb blast in a commercial street killed four people and wounded 11 in the 
capital's northeastern district of Shaab.

   Medical officials confirmed the casualty tolls. All officials spoke on 
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

   Attacks against Shiite civilians are common tactics used by Islamic State 
militant group, which considers Shiites heretics. The group has captured large 
chunks of territory in western and northern Iraq.

   Meanwhile, Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said Sunday that Iraqi 
security forces overnight were able to break the siege on about 400 soldiers 
who were surrounded by Islamic State militants three days ago in an area in 
Sunni-dominated Anbar province. He did not elaborate.

   The soldiers had been trapped in the Sijir area near the city of Fallujah, 
65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad.

   Islamic militants later launched attacks involving suicide bombers on the 
Iraqi troops in Sijir, and clashes erupted, causing unspecified casualties, 
said security officials who were not authorized to speak to the media.

   Sunni fighters took control of Fallujah earlier this year, and government 
forces have been unable to take it back.


(KA)


 
 
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