BAGHDAD, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Twelve people, including nine suspected insurgents, were killed in attacks and a separate security operation in Iraq, a police source and a military statement said on Tuesday.
Iraqi security forces killed nine suspected militants and captured over 300 others during a security operation which was part of a major offensive launched earlier in the month, dubbed ” Revenge for Martyrs,” aimed at hunting down militant groups near and north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a Defense Ministry statement said.
The troops seized hundreds of bombs and dozens of weapons and defused a car bomb factory, the statement said, without giving further details about when and where exactly the suspected were killed and captured.
Separately, a woman and her child were killed and her relative was wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their car in the town of Kan’an, near Diyala’s provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, gunmen shot dead a soldier at a village near the city of Jalawlaa, some 70 km north of Baquba, the source said.
Meanwhile, a roadside bomb detonated near an army patrol near Baquba, wounding a civilian, the source added.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to a full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq recently reported that over 1,000 Iraqis were killed and more than 2,300 wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in July, the deadliest month in more than five years