11 Killed In Iraq
Resistance Attacks

SAMARRA, Iraq - Eleven Iraqis, mostly security forces, have been killed over the past 24 hours in attacks north and south of Baghdad, security sources said Wednesday.
Iraq has enjoyed a period of relative calm since Sunday's landmark elections despite threats by insurgents to continue their deadly campaign against the government and US-led forces.
Two soldiers and a civilian were killed Wednesday when clashes erupted between rebels and an army patrol in the restive Sunni city of Samarra, north of Baghdad.
"The civilian was driving close to where the clashes happened," said an army officer.
Another soldier was killed and one wounded when their patrol was targeted by a bomb around dawn near Dhuluiya, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) north of Baghdad, the army said.
Late Tuesday, a bomb apparently intended for a passing US army patrol killed two civilians driving in a car at Dijla, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the capital, police said.
Gunmen also killed two policemen near Baquba, an interior ministry source said.
In Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad, four civilians were injured in a gunfight between police and gunmen, the source said, adding that police in the town also caught a suspected "terrorist" leader.
South of Baghdad in Hilla, capital of Babil province, a police major and his driver were shot dead and one policeman was gunned down north of Baghdad in Tamiya, the source added.
Police in Diyala also captured an Iranian who confessed he came to Iraq to fight the US army, the source said.
Meanwhile, an oil pipeline linking two of Iraq's major refineries was attacked near Samarra, police and oil sources said.
The pipeline, linking the Baiji refinery north of Baghdad to the Dura refinery in the capital, was hit by two bombs which exploded and caused a fire, police Lieutenant Colonel Mahmud Mohammed said.
"The sabotaged pipeline has a capacity of 7,000 barrels per day," an official at the Baiji refinery told AFP, without specifying the extent of damage or how long repairs would take.
The cluster of pipelines, a crucial source of power in the capital, has been targeted by relentless attacks, which are an important part of the insurgency's activities and have slowed the country's recovery.
According to Finance Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, attacks on the country's oil infrastructure have cost Iraq seven to eight billion dollars in exports since the March 2003 US-led invasion.



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