Ramadi (Iraq): Insurgents killed a police
commander, his wife and a companion in western Iraq on Wednesday
before claiming the lives of three policemen in a suicide
bombing, and two more police died in a shooting in Baghdad,
security officials said.
Two gunmen attacked Major Salam Khalifa, a police
commander from the Al-Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, as he
was walking with his wife and friend in the centre of the
nearby Euphrates Valley town of Hit, police said.
One of the gunmen escaped but the second was wounded and
As police were taking him to hospital in a police
vehicle, he detonated an explosives vest killing three police
and wounding five other people, some of them civilian
bystanders, police said.
It was the second straight day that insurgents had struck
in Hit. Yesterday, a roadside bomb killed the vice chancellor
of Ramadi`s Islamic University, Ahmed Jumaa, and wounded two
In Baghdad, gunmen using silencers attacked a police
checkpoint in the mainly Sunni Arab southern district of Dora
-- an insurgent hot spot -- killing two officers and wounding
Although levels of political violence have declined
markedly across most of the country since the highs of 2006
and 2007, the death toll remains high in parts of the country,
including the big cities of Baghdad and Mosul.
A suicide bombing and other attacks killed 16 people
Government figures showed 337 people were killed in
unrest in May, the fourth time this year the overall death
toll has been higher than in the same month of 2009.
June figures were expected to be released later today or
Both Iraqi and US commanders have expressed fears that
insurgents might try to exploit the persistent political
vacuum nearly four months after an inconclusive general
election gave no one bloc the parliamentary majority to
form a new government.