Iraq gun and bomb attacks kill four, wound 18

Bomb and gun attacks across Iraq claimed the lives of four people, including a soldier and a policeman, and wounded 18 others on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

Two people, including an Iraqi soldier, were killed and three others wounded by a car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol in Al-Qayyara, 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the northern Iraq city of Mosul, Iraqi army First Lieutenant Khattab Mohammed said.

One policeman was killed and four others were wounded when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Al-Filahat area, 10 kilometres (six miles) west of Fallujah, which is itself west of Baghdad, police Captain Omar al-Filahi said.

In Balad, 70 kilometres (43 miles) north of Baghdad, unknown assailants blew up the home of local prosecutor Hardan Khalifa, killing one woman and wounding eight others, including three women and a child, a hospital official said.

And in Baquba, 60 kilometres (37.5 miles) northeast of the capital, two improvised explosive devices wounded three people, including Mal Allah Abbas Ahmed, who heads the Sunni religious endowment for Diyala province, police and medical officials said.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who was approved by parliament for a second term along with a national unity cabinet on December 21 after more than nine months of political deadlock, has cited security as one of his priorities.

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