Iraq's al-Qaida claims attacks in N Baghdad

13:15, July 20, 2011      

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Al-Qaida militant group in Iraq Tuesday claimed responsibility for deadly suicide bomb attacks against Iraqi police in both Tarmiyah and Taji areas in north of Baghdad.

The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the al-Qaida front in the country, said in a statement posted on an Islamic website that its suicide bombers carried out deadly attacks in the two areas on June 26 and July 5.

In the first attack, a suicide bomber who wore an explosive- vest and rode his explosive-packed wheelchair blew himself up inside a police station in the town of Tarmiyah, some 40 km north of Baghdad.

Iraqi security forces put the toll at two killed and 19 wounded, including 10 policemen.

Lieutenant Colonel Bashar Adnan, chief of the police station, was among the wounded, but he died several days later, according to the statement.

Another attack occurred in the town of Taji, some 20 km north of Baghdad, when a suicide bomber parked his booby-trapped car behind the town council building and blew it up before he blew himself up by his explosive-vest among dozens of security forces who gathered at the site of the first blast, the statement said.

Afterwards, other al-Qaida militants blew up a second car bomb on a road leading to the town council building targeting military vehicles that came from Baghdad to secure the scene, the statement added.

The Iraqi interior ministry source put the toll of July 5 coordinated attacks in Taji at 35 killed and 28 others wounded.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the past few years.

Source: Xinhua
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