Baghdad : At least four people were killed and seven wounded, including policemen and school children, Thursday in two attacks in the cities of Basra and Mosul cities, sources said.
In the southern city of Basra, at least one child was killed and seven wounded when an explosive charge went off at a private elementary school in the suburb of Hakimiya, witnesses said.
Separately, at least three people were killed, including two policemen, by an explosion, which targeted a police patrol in Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Iraqi forces detained a provincial council member suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks during a raid in the city of Diwaniyah, 200 km south of Baghdad, the US military reported.
The alleged terrorist, who was detained Wednesday, is believed to routinely use his government position to support terrorists in the local area, the statement added.
The detainee is suspected of involvement with terrorist leaders, helping them obtain weapons and financial support to conduct attacks against civilians and Iraqi and coalition forces, the statement said.
He allegedly used his influence as a government official to release militants from jail and helped them obtain jobs in the Iraqi police and facilities protection service.
The arrested official’s name was not disclosed.