Suicide bombers, gunmen kill five policemen in Fallujah
A coordinated attack by two suicide bombers and several gunmen killed five policemen in a former Al Qaeda stronghold in Iraq on Monday morning, according to police officials.
A police officer speaking to the Associated Press reported that one bomber detonated his explosives belt at the main checkpoint outside police headquarters in the central city of Fallujah on Monday morning.
The second suicide bomber blew himself near the building's gates as Iraqi security forces exchanged gunfire with several armed men who later fled the scene, according to AP.
Nine policemen were also wounded in the violence.
A medical official speaking to AP confirmed the causality figures, but both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.
Fallujah, a former insurgent stronghold, is 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad.
Thousands of people have died this year alone as sectarian violence threatens to engulf Iraq in the worst spate of unrest since 2006-2007. The Sunni majority feel marginalised by the Shiite-led government and a slew of sectarian-fuelled attacks are threatening the country's already fragile stability.