Gunmen explode policeman house in N Iraq, woman killed

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Gunmen on Saturday exploded the house of a policeman in a town in Salahudin province, north of Baghdad, killing a woman and wounding a child, a provincial police source said.

"A bomb planted in the house of a policeman in the town of Sherqat, some 290 km north of Baghdad, detonated in the morning, killing a woman and a child from his family," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The policeman himself was not at home when the bomb exploded, which also caused damages to nearby houses, the source said.

In a separate incident, police bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion of a sticky bomb attached to the car of an Iraqi army officer in Sherqat, destroying the car with no human casualty, the source added.

Insurgents frequently attack Iraqi security forces, their homes and families as part of the attempts to reassert the insurgent's control in some areas, said the source, adding that the two incidents are now under investigation.

Salahudin province, located in northern Iraq, is a mainly Sunni province. Its capital city Tikrit is the hometown of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks continue in the Iraqi cities despite lawmakers' approval of an agreement that aimed at bringing Iraq's feuding political blocs into a new government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Source: Xinhua


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