Last updated: 25 December, 2011

Six Iraqi security members killed in attacks

Gun and bomb attacks killed six members of Iraq’s security forces — four policemen and two soldiers — in the Sunni provinces of Salaheddin and Anbar Sunday, security and medical officials said.

In the deadliest attack, three policemen were killed and six wounded in the village of Garma, east of the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah, when gunmen attacked their checkpoint, Anbar provincial police chief Major General Hadi al-Ruzaij said.

In Fallujah itself, gunmen shot dead a policeman who was on his way home in the centre of the town, 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of the capital, Fallujah hospital doctor Omar Dalli said.

Meanwhile, in the central town of Dujail, north of Baghdad, a suicide attacker rammed a car bomb into a checkpoint on a highway linking the capital to Tikrit, capital of Salaheddin province, an official in the provincial security command centre said.

The attack left two soldiers dead and four others wounded, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Eight civilians were also hurt.

Attacks are down from their peak in 2006 and 2007, but violence remains common in Iraq. A total of 187 people died in attacks in November, according to official figures.