At least seven Iraqis die in blasts as Iraq, Iran set to hold border talks
Three bombs went off in a residential area near Ramadi in the Anbar province on Thursday, killing seven people including relatives of an Iraqi Army anti-terrorist special forces commander, police said. The bombs were planted overnight at the home of the officer, Waleed al-Hiti, and adjacent homes, police conveyed, according to Reuters.
Hiti was seriously injured and his father, mother, two sisters, brother and sister-in-law, as well as the lawyer, died, police said. The bombing took place in the town of Hit, about 130 km west of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Iraq and Iran are set to hold meetings from next week to formally mark their disputed border, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday in Baghdad. "There will be a meeting within a week between the two countries about the borders," Mottaki told a news conference in the Iraqi foreign ministry. According to AFP, meetings will be held between technical committees from the two sides to determine the land and maritime borders separating the two countries.
Last month, Iranian troops and technicians had arrived at the Iraqi Fauqa oil field, taken control of Well 4 and raised the Iranian flag. They eventually withdrew days later.