5 killed, 14 wounded in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad, Dec 18 (IANS) At least five people were killed and 14 others injured on Sunday in separate bomb attacks which mainly targeted Iraqi security forces, security sources said.

In one attack, a booby-trapped car detonated near a fuel station in Halabsa area, just west of the city of Fallujah, about 50 km from the capital city of Baghdad, leaving two persons killed and nine wounded, Xinhua news agency reported.

The massive blast destroyed several civilian cars and badly damaged nearby buildings, the source said.

The second blast was a roadside bomb explosion near a vehicle in Yankja village in province of Salahudin, which killed two policemen and wounded another three.

Another roadside bomb which struck a vehicle in the town of Abu-Saida in province Diyala, claimed the life of one person and wounded two others.

Terrorist acts, violence and armed conflicts killed 2,885 Iraqis and wounded 1,380 others in November across Iraq, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said.

The attacks came as the Iraqi security forces backed by anti-IS international coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out IS militants from their last major stronghold in and around Mosul.