Baghdad: Bomb and gun attacks across Iraq
today killed six people, among them three policemen, and
wounded another nine, security officials said.
In the deadliest attack, militants in military uniforms
killed three people in a car at a fake checkpoint they set up
west of the restive ethnically mixed city of Baquba, an Iraqi
army colonel in the provincial security command centre said.
In another incident in Diyala province, of which Baquba
is the capital, two policemen were killed when gunmen opened
fire at their checkpoint in Al-Saadiyah town.
And in the main northern city of Mosul, a magnetic
"sticky bomb" attached to a police car in the centre of the
city killed a policeman and wounded four others, local police
Meanwhile in Baghdad, three people were wounded by two
separate roadside bomb attacks in Zafraniyah and Shuala
districts, an interior ministry official said.
Two policemen were also wounded when explosives attached
to a motorcycle blew up near a petrol station in town of Tuz
Khurmatu, 175 kilometres north of the capital.
Today`s violence comes after al-Qaeda`s front group in
Iraq threatened a campaign of 100 attacks, starting in
mid-August, to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden in a US
special forces raid in Pakistan in May.
Violence is down across Iraq from its peak in 2006 and
2007, but attacks remain common. A total of 259 people were
killed in violence in Iraq in July, according to official
figures, the second-highest figure in 2011.