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Baghdad car bomb kills three

A car bomb in Baghdad on Wednesday morning killed three people and wounded at least nine, security and medical officials said.

world Updated: Mar 02, 2012 08:02 IST

A car bomb in Baghdad on Wednesday morning killed three people and wounded at least nine, security and medical officials said.

The blast struck at around 7.30am (0430 GMT) in the Ameen area of east Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 11, an interior ministry official said.

Medical sources said the Ibn al-Nafis and Al-Kindi hospitals had received three bodies and nine wounded people between them.

In Diyala province north of the capital, gunmen attacked a checkpoint east of the provincial capital Baquba late on Tuesday, killing a member of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia and wounding two others, a police lieutenant colonel said.

The Sahwa are made up of Sunni Arab tribesmen and former insurgents who joined forces with the US military against al Qaeda from late 2006, helping to turn the tide against the insurgency.

Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, killing 151 people in January.