Seventeen die in Iraq violence

At least seventeen people have been killed and dozens more wounded in violence in Iraq, as residents of Baghdad awaited a much-vaunted security operation to quell sectarian bloodshed in the capital.

Three have been killed and 15 wounded in a car bomb attack in the Al-Mashtel district of east Baghdad, a security source said.A second car bomb in Bayah, southwest Baghdad, wounded five people. Another wounded four in the southern district of Dura.

In Baquba, north of the capital, eight people, including a university professor, were killed in a series of shootings, police said.

Six others died in separate attacks, while four unidentified bodies were found floating in the Tigris river near Suwaira, southeast of Baghdad, police Lieutenant Ali Mohammed said.

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