A double attack on a policeman's home in central Iraq has killed 13 people, including the policeman and his entire family, officials say.

Police officials said on Thursday that gunmen stormed the policeman's home late the previous night in the city of Tikrit, killing the policeman, his wife, two sons and one daughter.

When neighbours started to gather around the house, a car bomb exploded near the crowd, killing eight people and wounding 30.

Tikrit is 130km north of Baghdad.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures to the Associated Press news agency. All officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

Violence has soared in Iraq since the start of the year, with more than 1,000 people killed in July, the
highest monthly death toll since 2008, according to the United Nations.


Source: AP