22 killed in Iraq airstrikes, PM firm on political process

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Baghdad:¬†At least 22 people were killed and 36 others wounded in airstrikes carried out by Iraqi aircraft on two cities in Iraq’s northern and western provinces, security sources said even as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed to go ahead with the roadmap of the political process.

In the province of Nineveh, unidentified warplanes bombed the municipality building and two adjacent houses in the terrorist-seized town of Baaj, some 120 km west of the provincial capital Mosul, leaving six people dead and six others wounded, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, insurgent groups, including those who are linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an Al Qaeda offshoot, overran the city of Baiji as well as large parts of the province of Salahudin, including its capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad.