Six killed in Iraq attacks as Iran denies incursion reports
Two Iraqis died when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into an American. army patrol in Iraq Wednesday, police said, while four other people were killed and more than a dozen injured in other attacks. According to Reuters, the suicide bomb took place near the town of Muqdadiya, 80 km northeast of Baghdad. Five people were injured in the attack.
Elsewhere, Abdul Rahman Dawood, a politician with the Iraqiya coalition, was wounded on Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near his car in the Zafaraniya district of southeastern Baghdad, police said. A passenger in the car was also injured.
In Abu Ghraib on Baghdad's western outskirts, an armed group killed a policeman and his wife in their home, police said. Their five sons were injured. The same group seriously wounded another policeman living nearby.
In western Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded two others, police said.
In northern Iraq, gunmen killed an off-duty policeman on his farm in western Mosul. Another officer was seriously wounded when a grenade was hurled at his patrol in central Mosul.
Meanwhile, autorities in Iraq's Kurdistan region demanded the central government in Baghdad take steps against an incursion into its territory by Iranian forces. In a report by Iran's Mehr news agency, Ambassador Hassan Kazemi-Qomi denied such military manoeuvres. "The report of Iranian troops entering Iraqi territory is not true, it is baseless," he was quoted as saying. Kazemi-Qomi blamed certain Arab media for what he called propaganda aimed at hurting relations between Iran and Iraq.