Middle East

Suicide car bomb kills five police in Iraq's Mosul

A victim of a bomb lies wounded at a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

MOSUL, Iraq: A suicide car bombing targeting a police facility on Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed five police and wounded eight, while a sniper shot dead an anti-Qaeda militiaman, officials said.

The bomber detonated the explosives-rigged vehicle in west Mosul at about 12:30 pm (0930 GMT), a police officer said. An Iraqi army doctor confirmed the toll.

And in Baquba, north of Baghdad, a sniper killed a Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia member, a police officer and a doctor said.

The Sahwa are made up of Sunni Arab tribesmen who joined forces with the US military against Al-Qaeda from late 2006, helping turn the tide against the insurgency.

Violence has fallen considerably compared to past years, although attacks in Iraq remain common, killing 220 people in February, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical sources.





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