[QODLink]
Middle East

Many dead in attacks on Iraq checkpoints

Shootings and a suicide bombing have killed at least 16 security forces in remote Western town of Rubta.

Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 19:19
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Shootings and a suicide bombing targeting security checkpoints have killed at least 16 security forces and wounded 35 others in a remote western town, Reuters news agency has reported, quoting police sources.

Associated Press news agency, quoting police officials reported that eight of the deceased were policemen.

Police officers said the first attack took place on Tuesday night in western Anbar province when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint at the entrance of Rutba, killing four policemen and wounding five others.

Half an hour later, police said, other four policemen were killed and nine were wounded when gunmen launched separate attacks on three other checkpoints.

Rutba local authorities announced a curfew in the town following the attacks.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to media.

137

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.