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Iraq violence: Suicide bomber rams tanker into Police HQ, 7 cops killed

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 18:24

Zee Media Bureau

Baghdad: Latest in the spate of attacks in Iraq, a suicide bomber rammed and detonated his explosive-laden tanker into the police headquarters in Muqdadiyah, in the restive Diyala province near Baqouba, killing seven cops and hurting 14 others, reports said Wednesday.

Iraq has been witnessing an increasing number of attacks since April when the government had launched a crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq.

More than 5,500 have died since then and in September alone nearly 1000 had been kkilled.

Iraq is mired in its worst violence since 2008, when thousands of pwople had been killed in sectarian violence.

Most of the attacks are aimed against Shiites and staged by Sunni militants.

Authorities have made some concessions aimed at placating the protesters and the Sunni minority in general, such as freeing prisoners and raising the salaries of Sunni anti-Al-Qaeda fighters.

But Sunnis insist they are still marginalised by the Shiite-led government and unfairly targeted by security forces.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 17:39

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