Many killed in Iraq bomb attacks

Five bomb attacks aimed at police patrols in Baghdad have left at least 18 people dead and 57 wounded, according to Iraqi police.

    Civilians pay a heavy price in bombings that target the police

    On Thursday morning, a suicide car bomb attacked a police patrol outside a petrol station near the Elouya Hospital in central Baghdad killed 10 people, including four policemen, and wounded 18 people, including six policemen, police Lieutenant Bilal Ali Majeed said.

    The blast damaged 20 cars, including six police vehicles, as well as several nearby shops.

    Another suicide car bomb exploded near an underpass in Taiyran Square in the centre of the city, killing two civilians and two police special forces members, and wounding 13 people, including seven police special forces troops, Majeed said.

    Earlier, a bomb hidden under a parked car near al-Nidaa Mosque in northern Baghdad exploded as a police patrol passed by, killing three civilians and wounding another 20, police Lieutenant Thair Mahmoud said.

    The wounded included several members of the Iraqi security forces, Zakariyah Hassan of the Azamiyah police said.

    In western Baghdad, a roadside bomb in Qahtan Square near Yarmouk hospital wounded four people, including a policeman, Mahmoud said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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