Attacks on Baghdad traffic police kill 5

Iraqi officials say two separate attacks against traffic policemen have left five people dead in Baghdad.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 15:15 PM IST

Baghdad: Iraqi officials say two separate attacks against traffic policemen have left five people dead in Baghdad.

Police said gunmen in a speeding car attacked a traffic police checkpoint in the centre of the Iraqi capital early Monday, killing two policemen and two civilians.

A half-hour later, a roadside bomb targeting a traffic police patrol wounded three policemen and four passers-by in western Baghdad. As people rushed to the scene to help, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt, killing a civilian.

Two health officials in two hospitals confirmed the casualties.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release information.

Bureau Report