At least 4 killed, 21 wounded in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 19 ( -- At least four people were killed and 21 wounded in separate shooting and bomb attacks in Iraq on Wednesday, the police said.

In one attack, three people were killed and 15 wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at a popular football field at a village near the city of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, an Iraqi army colonel was shot dead by gunmen while he was driving his car in southern the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.

In Baghdad, six people were injured when a roadside bomb ripped through Shula district in the northwestern part of the capital, an interior ministry source told Xinhua.

Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.