3 Killed in Iraq Attacksإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Three people were killed and 18 others wounded in attacks in Iraq on Wednesday, security officials said, as Baghdad hosted key nuclear talks in its latest effort to emerge from decades of isolation.
Three people were killed and 14 others wounded in a shooting and three roadside bombings in Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, a police lieutenant colonel and Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim of Baquba General Hospital said.
And despite heightened security measures in and around the Iraqi capital, four people were wounded by a roadside bomb near a Sunni mosque in al-Yarmuk, west Baghdad, an interior ministry official said.
Thousands of additional Iraqi forces members have been deployed in areas north, west and south of Baghdad to try to prevent the firing of mortars and rockets into the capital, a security official said.
The official also said without providing figures that additional forces have been deployed at checkpoints in the Iraqi capital, and that searches have been increased.
Major powers were holding talks in Baghdad on Wednesday with Iran, aiming to head off an escalating standoff over Tehran's nuclear program.
The talks are the latest example of Iraq pushing to host world events and present itself as a relatively stable country no longer rife with violence, but its attempts have so far yielded uneven results.
While violence is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, attacks remain common in Iraq, killing 126 people in April, according to official figures.