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Series of explosions kill 8 across Iraq

By Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
A police officer on duty in central Baghdad following a spate of shootings targeting police and civilians on August 15, 2010.
A police officer on duty in central Baghdad following a spate of shootings targeting police and civilians on August 15, 2010.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A total of 12 dead since Saturday night
  • 28 injured in separate explosions on Sunday
RELATED TOPICS
  • Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Eight people were killed and at least 28 people injured in a series of explosions across Iraq on Sunday, officials said.

Two Iraqi soldiers died and six others were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated as troops were attempting to defuse it, police in Samarra told CNN. The incident occurred in Shirqat, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, a series of explosions in the capital city left six people dead.

The first explosion was a sticky bomb attached to a minibus. It went off near the ministry of transportation in eastern Baghdad, killing three passengers and injuring 11 others, police said.

Three more bombs exploded at a commercial district in central Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding three others, police said. The improvised explosive devices exploded within a few minutes in three different locations.

In another attack, two officers were killed and three others wounded when a roadside bomb hit an Iraqi police patrol in eastern Baghdad.

Three people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in western Baghdad's Amriya neighborhood on Sunday. And in southern Baghdad, two Iraqi soldiers were wounded Sunday when a roadside bomb hit their patrol.

On Saturday night, four members of a local awakening council were shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, according to police officials in Baghdad. The four were leaving a mosque after finishing evening prayers, police said. Three were dead at the scene and the fourth died in a local hospital.