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Five dead in series of attacks in Iraq

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The deputy minister of science and technology escaped unharmed
  • One of his guards was killed and four people were wounded

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Five people were killed and 18 were wounded in several attacks Monday in Iraq, officials said.

A roadside bomb targeting a convoy carrying the deputy minister of science and technology killed one of his guards and wounded four other people, including another guard and a police officer, police officials in Baghdad said Monday.

The minister, Fuad al-Mussawi, was not hurt in the attack, which occurred during the morning in the Jadriyah neighborhood of central Baghdad, the officials said.

In separate incidents Monday morning, two sticky bombs and a roadside bomb exploded in three neighborhoods in Baghdad, wounding eight people, police officials said.

In the ethnically mixed town of Jalawla, northeast of Baghdad and about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baquba, a bomb attached to a car exploded Monday morning. Though no one was hurt, a second roadside bomb exploded after Iraqi police had arrived at the scene, killing three officers, police officials in Baquba said. Another six officers were wounded.

Jalawla is located in disputed territory between the central government and the Kurdish regional government.

A bomb attached to the car belonging to an Iraqi freelance journalist, Tahreer Kadhim Jawad, exploded at around 11 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) as he was driving in the town of Garma, about 15 km (9 miles) east of Falluja, police officials said. He was killed instantly.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this story.