Iraq: Blast in Ramadi, British copter crashes
A suicide car bomb went off Wednesday at an Iraqi police checkpoint guarding a courthouse in Ramadi, wounding at least six people in the largest attack on Anbar province's capital in months, police said. The victims included three civilians and three policemen, said Col. Jubair Rashid Naief, a provincial police official.
Other scattered attacks were reported Wednesday around the country. The deadliest occurred when gunmen attacked a police patrol in downtown Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, police said. The identities of the dead were unknown.
A police officer was also killed in a drive-by shooting in central Kut, 100 miles southeast of the Iraqi capital, police said. The victim was shot dead on his way to work, police said, according to the AP.
On Tuesday, a British Puma helicopter crashed southeast of Baghdad, killing two troops and seriously injuring two others, Britain's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.
Earlier, the U.S. military said in a statement that an investigation was under way, but initial reports indicated the crash was not due to hostile fire. The U.S. put the total number of injured at 12.