2 June 2005 -- Insurgents today killed at least 33 people in Iraq in a wave of violence that swept the northern part of the country.
The worst attack occurred in city of Tuz Khurmatu, some 70 kilometers south of the northern oil hub of Kirkuk, where at least 12 people were killed in an explosion targeting a group of bodyguards of Deputy Prime Minister Rowsch Shaways, a Kurd.
Shaways was not with them at the time of the attack.
Other deadly attacks were conducted in Mosul and Kirkuk, in the north, and in Ba'qubah, northeast of Baghdad, where a deputy provincial governor and some of his bodyguards were killed.
Some of the attacks were claimed by Islamic militant groups.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr said more than 700 suspected insurgents have been arrested and 28 killed in the government's four-day-old Operation Lightning dragnet in Baghdad. The operation involves 40,000 Iraqi soldiers and police.
(compiled from wire reports)