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Iraq executes 11 'terrorists' says state TV

By Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
updated 12:32 PM EST, Thu November 17, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • One "terrorist" was convicted in the al-Askariya Shrine bombing
  • A police chief was killed in Mosul
  • Three roadside bombs exploded near an office of the PUK

Baghdad (CNN) -- Iraq executed 11 "terrorists" Wednesday, including a Tunisian man convicted in the al-Askariya Shrine bombing in 2006, Iraqiya state TV reported on Thursday.

The name of the Tunisian man is Yusri Fakhir, state TV reported, quoting Iraq's Justice Ministry. The other 10 men were executed on unrelated terrorism convictions, Iraqiya TV reported.

Thousands of Sunnis and Shiites were killed across the country after the bombing of the al-Askraiya Shiite Shrine in Samarra in 2006. The attack destroyed two minarets of the shrine and sparked a round of bloody sectarian retaliation between Sunnis and Shiites for more than two years. Samarra is a predominately Sunni town about 100 kilometers North of Baghdad.

Separately, Police Lt. Col. Jabbar Rasheed was killed along with three other police officers when a roadside bomb exploded beneath their vehicle near Wadi Hajar bridge in central Mosul on Thursday morning, Mosul police officials tell CNN. Lt. Col. Rasheed was al-Dawasa area police chief in Mosul.

In another incident, nine people were wounded including two Iraqi soldiers when a roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in the al-Zuhoor neighborhood in eastern Mosul on Thursday morning, Mosul police told CNN.

In central Mosul, three roadside bombs exploded near an office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) headed by Iraq's President Jalal Talabani. Police officials said the PUK office is also close to a fuel station. At least 10 people were wounded in the three explosions. Most of wounded were civilians who were lining up to get fuel for their house generators.

Mosul is located in Nineveh province about 420 kilometers north of Baghdad. Mosul is a mixed city with an Arab majority.

In Mahmoudiya, about 30 kilometers south of Baghdad, a car bomb exploded an near an Iraqi army patrol on Thursday morning, an official with Iraq's Interior Ministry told CNN. At least six people were wounded in the explosion.

Although violence across Iraq has dropped dramatically since the peak of the sectarian violence, which was mostly sparked after the bombing of al-Askariya Shrine in Samarra in 2006, such attacks still occur on a daily basis.

As the December 31 deadline for the pullout of all U.S. troops approaches, these daily attacks raise more concern for Iraqis who wonder whether Iraqi security forces will be able to secure the country internally and externally.

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