Car bomb kills Iraq police

A high-ranking officer is said to be among the 17 killed in Ramadi.

    Anbar in western Iraq has  been plagued by violence

    Cleric targeted
     
    Two suicide car bombs also exploded near the home of a tribal leader in the Abu Ghraib district west of Baghdad, killing the man's son and several other people, a provincial official said.
     
    Sheikh Thahir al-Dari, whose home was targeted, is the head of the al-Zobaie tribe and belongs to a group opposed to al-Qaeda.
     
    Ahmed al-Dulaimi, head of the provincial council media office in Anbar, said the sheikh's son was killed in Tuesday's double car bombing and there were several more casualties.
     

    Salam al-Zobaie, Iraq's deputy prime minister, belongs to al-Dari's tribe.

     

    The deputy prime minister survived an assassination bid last week.

    Al-Zobaie was wounded in the attack at his home in Baghdad.

     

    An aide said the suicide bomber was one of his own guards.

     

    More violence

    Mortar rounds slammed into a Shia area in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding 14, while sectarian clashes erupted for a fourth consecutive day south of the capital.

    The mortar attack occurred in Abu Dasheer, a Shia enclave in the Sunni-dominated Dora neighbourhood in southern Baghdad. Police said those killed included two children, a woman and a man.

     

    In Iskandariyah, 50km south of Baghdad, suspected Shia fighters broke into a Sunni mosque and planted explosives that damaged the gate and a fence, the police said.

     

    Clashes broke out about an hour later, leaving four Sunni fighters and one Shia fighter wounded.

     

    The clashes were followed by a mortar attack on a nearby Shia mosque. The rounds landed in a courtyard and did not damage the mosque, although a pedestrian was wounded.

     

    A Shia man and his three sons also were wounded when a mortar round struck their house in Haswa, about 5km east of Iskandariyah.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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