BAGHDAD - Militants targeting Shi'ite families in a province north of Iraq's capital killed five people and wounded six others when they set off bombs around their houses, local security sources said on Wednesday.
Diyala province, a fertile agricultural area, has long been one of the most volatile regions in Iraq, inhabited by a mix of Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds.
In the first incident, attackers placed bombs around the house of a government employee in the provincial capital Baquba, 65 km northeast of Baghdad, killing him and four other members of his family and wounding a passer-by, a source in Diyala operations command said.
Militants also set up explosives around two other houses, wounding five people, the Diyala operations command source and a local police source said.
The sources said the attacks took place after leaflets were distributed to several houses belonging to Shi'ite Muslims in central Baquba, telling them to leave the area or they would be killed.