Leaders targeted in Iraq bombing

Gathering near Baquba of tribal chiefs and provincial officials hit in suicide attack.

    Diyala province has been the scene of recent US and Iraqi offensives against al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters

    Baquba is the capital of Diyala province, where recent US and Iraqi offensives targeted fighters from al-Qaeda in Iraq.

     

    Possible target

     

    Police named one of the dead police officers as Brigadier-General Ali Dulayyan. Two other police brigadier-generals were also killed.

     

    Salah al-Jurani, a police major who was in the mosque, said the bomber appeared to target Raad Mullah Jawad, the provincial governor.

     

    Al-Jurani said the bomber blew himself up as Jawad's guards tried to stop the attacker.

     

    Also on Monday, a suicide truck bomber killed six people on the road between northwestern Tal Afar and Mosul, police said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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