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Shootings and bombings in and around Baghdad killed six people

19 October, 2009

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In the deadliest attack, three people were killed and 15 wounded in a bombing in the predominantly Sunni Arab north Baghdad neighbourhood of Adhamiyah, a medic at the Al-Nurman hospital said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Among the dead was a boy in his young teens, the official said.

"I was walking along the street and suddenly I found myself in the hospital," said 45-year-old Ayad Hassan, who suffered minor leg injuries in the attack and was being treated in Al-Nurman hospital.

In the town of Al-Asriyah, around 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of the capital, one person was killed and nine wounded when a bomb exploded at a bus station in the afternoon, a security official said.

Near Baghdad University in the southwestern neighbourhood of Jadriyah, a roadside bomb killed the driver and wounded three others, police said.

In south Baghdad, a sniper killed a policeman, a medic said.

Although violence has dropped dramatically across Iraq over the past year, attacks in Baghdad and the main northern city of Mosul remain common.

Violent deaths in Iraq dropped by more than half in September from the previous month, with 203 people killed. That was the lowest monthly toll since May.

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