Police officer killed, town mayor escaped assassination in central Iraq

19:16, June 08, 2010      

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An Iraqi police officer was killed in a bomb blast in Baghdad, while a town mayor escaped an assassination attack in the capital's south on Tuesday, a source in the interior ministry said.

Captain Younis Abboud, an officer affiliated to a police force tasked with protecting oil facilities, was killed when a bomb attached to his car detonated in Baghdad's southern Doura district, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In another incident, Sabah al-Janabi, mayor of Jurf al-Sakhar town, escaped an attack by unknown gunmen in front of a house in the morning, but was injured, the source said.

Two of Janabi's bodyguards were also wounded by the attack in the town located some 50 km south of Baghdad in Babil Province, according to the source.

Jurf al-Sakhar, part of the once restive area, dubbed Triangle of Death. It is a cluster of towns scattered north of Hilla City, the capital of Babil province, some 100 km south of Baghdad.

Attacks are still common in Iraqi cities three months after the country held the landmark parliamentary election widely expected to shape its political landscape.

Source: Xinhua


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