Iraq: Al-Qaeda suspects killed in military raid in Baaquba

Cairo, 29 Sept. (AKI) - Three suspected members of Al-Qaeda, including a leading operative, were killed in a raid conducted by Iraqi army forces outside Baaquba, north of Baghdad on Monday.

The raid, reported by the news agency Voices of Iraq, came after a dramatic resurgence of violence in Iraq at the weekend.

"Troops from the Iraqi army's 5th Division in Diyala raided some strongholds of Al-Qaeda in the area of Anjar, 45 km east of Baaquba, killing three members, including an emir (leader)," Brig. Khaled Jawad told VOI.

Diyala province, a mix of Sunnis and Shia Muslims, extends to the northeast of Baghdad as far as the Iranian border.

Meanwhile, at least 27 people were killed and another 84 were wounded when five bomb attacks struck Baghdad on Sunday.

Iraqi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Qassim Atta said that the attacks included a car bomb and a homemade roadside bomb.

The worst of the bombings centred on a market in the central Karada district where people were preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.


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