Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Three policemen killed, 13 wounded in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Three policemen were killed and 13 people injured Tuesday in separate bomb attacks near and in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the police said.

Near Baghdad, gunmen in their car opened fire on the outer checkpoint of al-Tahrir police station in the town of al-Khaldiyah, some 80 km west of Baghdad, killing two policemen and wounding three others, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, gunmen planted bombs in the house of a policeman and blew them up in Abu Ghraib area, some 20 km west of Baghdad, killing him and wounding his wife and three of his children, the source said.

In Baghdad, six civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated in Adhamiyah district in northern the capital, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.

Earlier in the day, the police reported that a total of ten people were killed and some 66 others wounded in four car bomb explosions in the morning at Baghdad's Shi'ite bastions of Sadr City, Shula and Hurriyah districts.

Iraqi cities have been plagued by several attacks, including suicide bombings, since the U.S. troops pulled out of the country earlier last month.

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