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Suicide bomber kills four as 11 die in Iraq unrest

A suicide bomber killed four policemen in Iraq`s main northern city of Mosul on Thursday, one of a series of attacks around the country that claimed a total of 11 lives, police said.



Mosul: A suicide bomber killed four
policemen in Iraq`s main northern city of Mosul on Thursday, one of
a series of attacks around the country that claimed a total of
11 lives, police said.

Most of the attacks came in Al-Qaeda strongholds as Iraqi
and US commanders warned that a persistent political vacuum
nearly four months after an inconclusive general election
risked fanning a new upsurge in violence.
The bomber walked up to a checkpoint in the Shifa
neighbourhood in the overwhelmingly Sunni Arab area west of
Mosul and blew himself up, killing four officers and wounding
four, police said.

Medics confirmed the casualty toll, adding that two of
the wounded were in a critical condition.

Last night, gunmen killed three policemen at another
checkpoint in the west of the city, police said.

The gunmen struck at around 1900 GMT in a neighbourhood
inhabited by economists, most of them government employees.

The regime of now executed dictator Saddam Hussein
provided dedicated housing estates for key professional
groups.

West of Mosul, in the town of Tal Afar, security forces
thwarted an attempted suicide bombing today morning, police
said.

The would-be bomber tried to blow up his car in a
livestock market in the town, which has a large Shiite Turkmen
community.
But officers spotted him, and shot and killed him before
he could detonate his payload.

Nineveh province, which has its headquarters in Mosul,
has remained a hotbed of insurgent activity even as levels of
political violence have fallen off in much of the rest of the
country.

Nineveh is split between Sunni Arab and Kurdish
communities who are bitterly divided over the ambitions of
Kurdish leaders to incorporate large chunks of the province
into their autonomous region in the north. It also has
Assyrian, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi minorities.

Al-Qaeda has exploited the ethnic and confessional
differences to make the province one its enduring strongholds
in Iraq.

In Diyala province, another ethnically mixed jihadist
stronghold further south, militants killed two anti-Qaeda
militiamen, security officials said.

PTI

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