Baghdad: Bombs planted inside the home of a
policeman in northern Iraq exploded on Saturday, killing him, his
mother and one other resident, a security official said.
The bombing was one of several attacks around Iraq`s
north that killed at least 10 people over the weekend, a sign
that authorities are struggling to maintain security as the
country`s politicians clamour over the shape of a new
government two months after an inconclusive election.
The early morning attack took place on a home in the town
of Amirli, just south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and
injured five other people.
The Kirkuk area is home to an uneasy mix of Iraq`s
sectarian and ethnic groups. While violence has dropped
dramatically over the years, a steady low-level unrest
continues, fuelled in large part by distrust and animosity
between the country`s Kurds and Arabs, as well as Sunnis and
Iraqi security officials have been a top target for
insurgents since US troops pulled out of Iraq`s cities last
The bodies of at least two uniformed policemen were
unearthed this afternoon along with three other bodies in a
grave near Samarra, some 95 kilometres north of Baghdad,
security and hospital officials said.
Farther north, in Mosul, an unknown assailant threw a
grenade at a police patrol, wounding a passer-by. Elsewhere in
the city, gunmen killed a woman in a drive-by shooting,
according to a police officer.