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Published On: Fri, Apr 18th, 2014

Sunni terrorists attack Iraqi soldiers killing 30 ahead of new election

Sunni Muslim terrorists killed at least 30 people around Iraq on Thursday including 12 soldiers in an assault on a remote army base in the north, deepening insecurity with a national election just two weeks away. The violence has increased since the Shiite led government began an offensive against the terrorists.

A photo of a previous car bombing and the crater left behind in Baghdad. Photo/Jim Gordon via wikimedia commons

A photo of a previous car bombing and the crater left behind in Baghdad. Photo/Jim Gordon via wikimedia commons

Some of these groups, affiliated with al Qaeda, have dug in around Falluja and Ramadi in the western province of Anbar. Early on Thursday morning, gunmen disguised in Iraqi military uniforms drove armored vehicles, including Iraqi army Humvees, up to a small military base outside Mosul and opened fire, killing 12 soldiers and wounding about a dozen, army and police officers said on condition of anonymity.

An army officer said the armored cars as well as rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and some other light weapons used by the militants had been seized during ambushes of Iraqi forces during fighting in Anbar.

Suspected Sunni militants killed another 18 people in bomb and shooting attacks in other parts of Iraq on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a rusting pipeline that runs from the Kirkuk oilfields to the Baiji refinery in Salahuddin province leaked a large amount of oil into the Tigris River, according to a Northern Oil Company official who asked not be named.

The spill stirred panic after someone set the oil ablaze, sending huge clouds of smoke into the provincial capital Tikrit, according to city residents. Ambulances evacuated residents with difficulty breathing.

Much of northern Iraq’s pipeline infrastructure is ageing and in need of renovation, and vulnerable to militant attacks.

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