"Anbar province has been the scene of fierce clashes that flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in late December last year."
Baghdad, May 10 - A total of 28 people were killed and 55 others injured in shootings and bombings across Iraq, including a suicide tanker bomb attack Saturday, police said.

In Salahudin province, seven security members were killed and some 20 others wounded around noon when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden tanker into an army checkpoint and blew it up on a main road in south of the city of Dujail, some 60 km north of Baghdad, Xinhua cited a provincial police source Saturday.

The suicide bomber targeted the checkpoint while a convoy of police vehicles was passing, the source said.

In another incident, three members of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group were killed by gunmen who attacked their checkpoint in the town of Dowr near Salahudin's provincial capital city of Tikrit, the source added.

The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups including some powerful anti-US Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

Also in the province, a soldier was killed and three others were injured when a roadside bomb struck their car on a main road in south of Dowr, the source said.

Salahudin province is a Sunni-dominated province and its capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.

In Anbar province, 11 people were killed and 20 others wounded by artillery and mortar shelling on several neighborhoods in the militant-seized city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Xinhua reported.

In a separate incident, a civilian was killed and five of his family members were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their car at a bridge in eastern the besieged-city of Fallujah, Xinhua quoted a provincial police source.

The attack occurred while the family were fleeing the battles and the continuing bombardment on the city. The violence is part of ongoing operations by the Iraqi security forces to retake control of Fallujah that has been seized by militant groups for months, the source said.

Also in Anbar, soldier was killed and three others were wounded when two roadside bombs detonated near their patrol in the city of Rawa, some 250 km northwest of Baghdad, the source added.

Anbar province has been the scene of fierce clashes that flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in late December last year.

In northern Iraq, two policemen were killed and four others were wounded in a roadside explosion near their patrol outside the city of Qaiyara in south of Nineveh's provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, Xinhua reported.


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