Five policemen killed, 14 people wounded in Baghdad violence

18:44, August 03, 2010      

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Five policemen were killed and 14 people wounded in separate attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said.

The deadliest attack occurred at dawn when suspected al-Qaida militants using pistols fitted with silencers stormed a police checkpoint near the al-Liqaa Square near Mansour district in western Baghdad, killing five policemen, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attacker planted the flag of al-Qaida's self-styled Islamic State of Iraq on the site before they fled the scene, the source said.

In eastern Baghdad, a roadside bomb struck the convoy of an army local commander of Habibiyah area in the Shiite bastion of Sadr City neighborhood, wounding the commander and one of his bodyguards, the source said.

Two explosives experts, who were at the convoy, were also wounded by the blast, the source added.

Iraqi security forces sealed of the scene and started search operation, arresting 15 suspects for interrogation, the source added.

In a separate incident, two roadside bombs detonated successively at Palestine Street in eastern part of the capital, wounding four people, the source said.

In northwestern Baghdad, a magnetic bomb attached to the car of a police officer in the neighborhood of al-Hurriyah detonated and wounded the officer and two passers-by, he said.

In downtown Baghdad, two civilians were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near al-Khellani Square, he added.

In southern part of the capital, a civilian was wounded when a bomb planted in his car went off in Doura neighborhood, the source said.

Attacks are still common in Iraqi cities as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country about five months after parliamentary elections on March 7.

Source: Xinhua


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