16 killed in Iraq on day of violence
A series of attacks in Iraq killed 15 members of the security forces and civilians in areas north of Baghdad yesterday, officials said. Separately, a Kurdish officer in the Iraqi president's guard is alleged to have shot dead the head of a local radio station during a quarrel near the leader's east Baghdad residence, police said.
Police officials said a wave of blasts began with a roadside bomb in the northern city of Tikrit. Minutes later, a car bomb struck policemen who had arrived to inspect the site of the first blast. The officials say five policemen and two civilians were killed and 18 people were wounded in the bombings. Tikrit is 130km north of Baghdad. Hours later, police said a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a security checkpoint near the town of Adeim about 100km north of Baghdad.
Three civilians and three police were killed. Also, a roadside bomb hit a military checkpoint near the northern city of Mosul, killing two soldiers, according to the police.