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Iraq car bombings kill six

Sun., June 8, 2008

BAGHDAD – A suicide car bomb and another car packed with explosives targeted Iraqi police patrols Saturday on opposite sides of Baghdad, killing at least six people, police said.

The suicide attacker rammed into a police patrol midafternoon in Nisoor Square on the capital’s west side, killing a civilian and a policeman, police said. Another five people were wounded.

The other explosion took place nearly simultaneously across town at a crowded bus stop where passengers were lining up to catch rides to eastern Shiite neighborhoods, though police said the target was the passing convoy of a top Iraqi police general.

Four people were killed and 18 wounded, Brig. Gen. Nazar Majeed among them, said an officer on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media. Three of the dead were policemen, he said.

Such blasts – once a somber but daily feature of life in Iraq’s capital – have become far less frequent since a U.S. troop buildup last year. A truck loaded with rockets exploded Wednesday in northeast Baghdad, killing 18 people in the deadliest single blast in more than two months.

In Mosul, provincial Gov. Duraid Kashmola escaped assassination Saturday when gunmen attacked his convoy in the western part of the city. There were no casualties, the provincial press office said.

Two policemen were killed Saturday evening in a drive-by shooting in downtown Mosul, police said. Five people including three civilian bystanders were wounded.

The U.S. military said it killed four suspected militants, captured five others and destroyed two safehouses Saturday southwest of the city.

American soldiers called in airstrikes and killed the four men after coming under small-arms fire, a military statement said. They also destroyed two buildings filled with weapons, ammunition and graffiti indicating they were used for foreign militants, it said.

Five men were captured Saturday in a separate raid in Mosul, including two accused of conspiring with senior al-Qaida in Iraq leaders in the city, the military said.


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