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Eight people killed in Iraq's Baghdad, Diyala

Iraqi journalist, meanwhile, is killed by Daesh in Mosul, local NGO reports

Eight people killed in Iraq's Baghdad, Diyala


Eight people were killed on Saturday and another 22 injured in separate attacks in Iraq’s violence-plagued Baghdad and Diyala provinces, according to local security sources.

“One police officer was killed and three others injured when unidentified attackers hurled grenades at a police patrol in southeastern Baghdad’s Jesr Diyala district,” a local police captain, speaking anonymously, told Anadolu Agency.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, five people were killed and 19 others injured – mostly civilians – by four bombs that went off in the province’s Al-Azamiya, Al-Tarmiya, Al-Mashtal districts, and by another that rocked central Baghdad’s Al-Mansur neighborhood, according to the same police source.

In Diyala, meanwhile, a local police source told Anadolu Agency that two police officers had been killed when gunmen opened fire on their car in central Baqubah, the provincial capital.

In a related development the same day, the Iraqi Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, a local NGO, said in a statement that the Daesh militant group had executed a local journalist after abducting him from his home in central Mosul, a Daesh stronghold.

According to the NGO, the victim – identified as Yahia Abd Hamad – had worked as director of Al-Rashid, a Mosul-based broadcaster.

Located some 400 kilometers north of Baghdad, Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city – is the Daesh militant group’s de facto capital, which it overran in June of last year.

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