Iraqi police killed in Baquba

Six Iraqi policemen have been killed and another ten wounded in a drive-by attack in the Iraqi town of Baquba, north of Baghdad, according to Aljazeera sources.

    Police have often been targets of anti-government forces

    The deaths occurred when armed fighters travelling in two minibuses opened fire at a police checkpoint, medics said.
     
    "The attack took place on an important street in the town's eastern al-Tahir district at about 0400pm (1200 GMT)," Brigadier-General Abd al-Salam Mahmud said.

    He added that the assailants drove off before they could be apprehended.


    A doctor said nine of the ten wounded were police officers.

    Aljazeera reported that Saturday's attack on Iraqi policemen in Baquba was likely to raise the spectre of renewed violence in a town known to be a stronghold of the Sunni resistance.

    Related incidents

    Earlier this month, a group allegedly linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility via a website for an attack by a "human bomb".

    The explosion in this case killed six Iraqis, including five US-trained policemen.

    Prior to that, a car bombing outside a police station in the same town on 28 July - exactly one month after the US handed over power to an interim government which it hand picked - killed 70 Iraqis, mostly prospective police recruits.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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