FACTBOX - Security developments in Iraq, Dec 23

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Dec 23 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1750 GMT on Wednesday.

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* BAGHDAD - A bomb hidden in a plastic bag killed one Shi'ite pilgrim and wounded four others when it exploded near a tent used by pilgrims in Baghdad's central Karrada district, police said. Pilgrims are visiting Shi'ite shrines during the Ashura religious holiday.

* MAHMUDIYA - Five Shi'ite pilgrims were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

* MOSUL - Gunmen killed a retired Iraqi army officer in front of his house in western Mosul, police said.

* BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb targeting Shi'ite pilgrims wounded five people in south Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - The toll from a roadside bomb in the Shaab district of northern Baghdad rose to three killed and 28 wounded, police said. The bomb targeted Shi'ite pilgrims.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces said they had arrested an insurgent in a raid in west Baghdad, where they also confiscated three explosive belts used for suicide bombings and 24 bags of chemicals used to make explosives.

MOSUL - A wooden cart exploded inside a garage behind a church, killing two people and wounding five in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A bomb attached to a minibus killed one person and wounded three in the Kadhimiya district of northwest Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb wounded a civilian on Tuesday in southwest Baghdad, police said.

TARMIYA - A roadside bomb wounded three civilians on Tuesday in Tarmiya, 25 km (15 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen shot dead Brigadier General Riyadh Abdulmajeed in front of his house on Tuesday in the Ghazaliya district of west Baghdad, police said.

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