BAQUBA, Iraq: Violence in Iraq, including an attack by gunmen on workers on a gas pipeline from Iran, killed 37 people Friday, while “terrorism” suspects escaped a Baghdad detention facility, officials said.
Gunmen in three vehicles attacked the gas pipeline workers near Baladruz, northeast of Baghdad, killing 15 Iranians and three Iraqis, police officers said.
The attack also wounded five Iranians and three Iraqis, the added.
South of Baghdad, a car bomb exploded in Madain, killing at least six people and wounding at least 13, while another car bomb near a fish market in Nahrawan killed four people and wounded at least 12.
In Baghdad itself, at least 22 “terrorism” suspects escaped a detention facility in Kadhimiyah, the latest in a long line of prisons breaks in Iraq.
A police colonel said detainees had seized weapons from guards early on Friday, killing two, after which 26 people arrested for “issues related to terrorism” escaped.
Security forces killed one escaped detainee and captured 14, the colonel said, and a medical official confirmed two guards and a detainee had been killed.
The interior ministry said 22 suspects had escaped, but one was killed and all but three others captured.
In the Ghazaliyah area of west Baghdad, gunmen shot dead two people on Friday, one of them a trade ministry employee, while gunmen killed a woman in her home near the capital.
And a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a group of security forces members in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, killing a civilian and two soldiers and wounding four policemen and three soldiers.