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Rebel blitz on Iraq police posts
Injured man brought to hospital in Samarra after car bombing
A car bombing in Samarra hit civilians and police
Insurgents have attacked Iraqi police posts in Sunni Muslim strongholds north of Baghdad, reportedly killing at least 30 police and national guardsmen.

In one of the apparently co-ordinated strikes, a police station in Dijla, south of Tikrit, was stormed by gunmen who executed 12 officers.

There were at least four other deadly ambushes around Tikrit, US forces said.

US-backed Iraqi security forces have lost hundreds of men in attacks by rebels opposed to US troops in Iraq.

Other killings included:

  • Three policemen shot dead at a checkpoint outside Tikrit

  • Four police and one national guardsman shot dead at a police station in Ishaki, south of Samarra

  • A local police commander assassinated in Baquba

  • Six national guardsmen killed in a suicide bombing in Baquba

  • Three national guardsmen and three civilians killed in a car bombing near a US-Iraqi convoy in Samarra

  • The deputy governor of Anbar province, whose bullet-riddled body was found in Ramadi hours after his kidnapping by unknown gunmen.

Car bomb

In a separate incident in Baghdad, a suicide car bomber tried to kill a senior Iraqi National Guard officer as he was leaving his home.

The blast occurred in the Adhamiya neighbourhood of the capital, injuring at least eight Iraqi guards and passers-by, reports say.

Maj Gen Mudher Abud al-Mula - who was unhurt in the attack - used to be a Shia staff officer in Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated armed forces.

The attacks are the latest in a wave of violence intended to disrupt elections scheduled to be held at the end of January.

On Monday a car bomb targeting one of Iraq's top Shia political leaders exploded in the capital, killing at least 13 and injuring 39.

The blast occurred outside the offices of a major Shia political party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri), in Baghdad.


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