Last updated: 13 May, 2012

Bomb attacks against security forces kill five people across Iraq

A series of bomb attacks mostly targeting security forces, including a suicide car bombing, killed five people across Iraq and wounded several more on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

Two people, including an Iraqi army first lieutenant, were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Fallujah, west of Baghdad in Sunni Anbar province, a police captain who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

He said six others, including four soldiers, were also wounded in the attack. Omar Dalli from Fallujah general hospital confirmed receiving two bodies and treating six people.

In Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, a parked car bomb that detonated as a police patrol was passing wounded at least six people, including four policemen, a police major and a medic said.

Two people were also killed when a magnetic “sticky bomb” attached to their car detonated in Iskandiriyah, south of Baghdad, police said. A medical official in Mussayib general hospital, the nearest medical facility, confirmed the toll.

In another attack, a bomb blast outside a soldier’s house in the town of Himreen, in Diyala province, killed the soldier’s mother and left his sister wounded.

The casualties were confirmed by doctor Ahmed Ibrahim from the main hospital in Diyala’s provincial capital of Baquba.

In western Baghdad’s Mansur neighbourhood, a suicide bomber wounded four people, an official in the interior ministry said.

He added that policemen shot the suicide bomber before he reached a checkpoint, but the bomber managed to blow himself up.

Also in Baghdad’s district of Karrada, five people were wounded in two successive attacks by a sticky bomb and a roadside bomb, the interior ministry official said.

Violence across Iraq is down from its peaks in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common. A total of 126 Iraqis were killed in April, according to official figures.