5 killed in attacks in Iraq

Story highlights

  • In one incident, three car bombs exploded
  • Another incident involved a car bomb that exploded near an outdoor market
  • The attacks continue a trend of violence this month

A series of attacks in and north of Baghdad left five dead and 22 wounded Thursday, Iraqi police said.

In one incident, three parked car bombs exploded outside residential buildings in the Taji area about 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad Thursday morning, leaving two dead and 15 wounded, police said.

Later in a western Baghdad neighborhood, a parked car bomb exploded near an outdoor market, killing one person and wounding seven others.

Also in the city of Samarra, some 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, gunmen shot and killed two members of a local awakening council.

The Awakening Councils, also known as the Sons of Iraq, are made up predominantly of Sunni Arab fighters who turned on Iraq's al Qaeda militants in late 2006.

These attacks come a day after 11 people were killed in three explosions in Baghdad and continues a trend of violence this month.

At least 180 people were killed in violence during the month of June as a result of explosions and shootings, according to a CNN tally.

The attacks this month included one that ranked as the deadliest day in the country since the United States withdrew its troops in December. On June 13, a bomb targeted pilgrims headed to Baghdad, killing at least 93 people.

An additional 312 people were injured in the attacks mostly aimed at Shiite pilgrims trekking and driving to a shrine in Baghdad.

In May, 132 people were killed in violence while the month prior had 126 fatalities, according to figures released by the interior ministry.

Overall, violence in Iraq has dropped since the peak of sectarian attacks between 2005 and 2007, but bombs and shootings are still commonplace.

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