[QODLink]
Middle East

Deaths in mortar attack on Iraqi police post

At least nine policemen killed in attack on federal police checkpoint in the town of Shurra, south of Mosul.

Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 13:31
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

At least nine policemen were killed and two others wounded in an attack with mortars and automatic weapons on a federal police checkpoint in northern Iraq.

The attack in the town of Shurra, south of Mosul, on Wednesday was followed by a roadside bomb explosion as emergency personnel rushed to the scene, wounding another two people, medical sources said.

There were no casualties among the attackers, security officers said.

Mosul, 360km northwest of Baghdad, has been one of Iraq's major flashpoints in the recent wave of violence.

In a separate incident, unknown assailants killed a soldier in Mosul, while armed men killed a man in Baquba, a city north of Baghdad.

Prisoner transport attacked

On a highway in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, fighters in vehicles mounted with machineguns attacked an army checkpoint and a joint army-police convoy in an apparent attempt to free a captured senior al-Qaeda member who was being carried in the convoy.

The attack left four of the fighters dead, while a soldier and an attacker were wounded.

The violence comes a day after an al-Qaeda front group claimed brazen assaults on two prisons in Iraq that killed more than 40 people.

Security forces are hunting the prisoners who escaped during the assaults, to prevent them carrying out further attacks.

With the latest unrest, more than 650 people have been killed so far in July, making it the deadliest month in a year.

238

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Referendum on Scottish independence is the first major election in the UK where 16 and 17-year olds get a vote.
Blogger critical of a lack of government transparency faces defamation lawsuit from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Farmers worry about their future as buyers shun local produce and rivers show an elevated presence of heavy metals.
War-torn neighbour is an uncertain haven for refugees fleeing Pakistan's Balochistan, where locals seek independence.
NSA whistleblower Snowden and journalist Greenwald accuse Wellington of mass spying on New Zealanders.
join our mailing list