Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Another burst of 'last throws' from today in Iraq

BAGHDAD - At least 10 Iraqi policemen were shot dead in five separate attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry official said.

In one attack, four policemen on patrol were killed by insurgents with automatic weapons on a major highway in the eastern part of the capital.

BAGHDAD - At least three Iraqis were killed and 32 injured by a suicide car bomb targeting a police convoy on a busy central Baghdad street, police said.

BAQUBA - Three pilgrims were killed and eight injured when gunmen sprayed their minivan with gunfire near the town of Baquba, medical sources said. The pilgrims were heading to neighbouring Iran to visit a holy Shi'ite shrine.

ABU KHAMIS - Two people were burned to death when insurgents stopped their truck and set fire to it in an area called Abu Khamis, just north of Baghdad, police said. It was unclear why the truck had been targeted.

LATIFIYAH - Two Iraqi civilians were killed and a third critically wounded on Monday when gunmen fired on their car while they travelled on a main road near the violent town of Latifiyah, just south of Baghdad, police said.

Police said it was unclear why the three men, who were brothers, had been attacked. Scores of Shi'ites have been murdered near the town by Sunni radicals in the past year.

* BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber in a car killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two when he struck their convoy at a Baghdad intersection, the U.S. military said in a statement.

* HILLA - Gunmen killed a former officer in Saddam Hussein's Baath party in the southern town of Hilla, police said.

BAGHDAD - One police commando was killed and another injured by an explosion in Baghdad's Mansour district, police at the scene said.

BAQUBA - One policeman was killed and another injured when gunmen fired on their patrol car in the centre of Baquba, a town about 40 km (25 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - One civilian was killed and another injured when gunmen attacked their mobile phone shop in al-Jamee'a district of southwest Baghdad, a hospital source said.

RAMADI - One U.S. soldier was killed in action on Monday by small arms fire during combat operations in Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, a U.S. military statement said.

Source: Reuters

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