Iraq: At least 15 die as oil pipeline bombed
An Iraqi oil pipeline was bombed south of Baghdad while a car bomb and a shooting in the capital killed two Iraqi policemen and the driver of bus carrying government employees to work on Monday, police said.
Meanwhile, Australia, a member of the U.S.-led occupation in Iraq, declared that it would dispatch additional troops to southern Iraq to replace forces protecting a Japanese military reconstruction team in the region.
According to the AP, the bombing of the pipeline took place late Sunday near Mussayab city, about 30 miles south of Baghdad. The pipeline carries oil from Dora refinery in Baghdad to Mussayab power station, and police Col. Ahmed Mijwal said the attack had closed the station.
Monday's worst attack occurred when a bomb exploded in a car parked near an Iraqi court in central Baghdad, killing five Iraqi civilians and wounding 10, said police Lt. Col. Falah Mohamadawi.
Also in Baghdad, a car bomb went off near a police patrol on Palestine street in eastern Baghdad on Monday morning, killing two policemen and injuring 12 Iraqis.
In western Baghdad, gunmen stopped a bus carrying Higher Education Ministry employees to work, fatally shooting the driver and injuring a policeman.
Southeast of the Iraqi capital, a U.S. military convoy was hit by a roadside bomb at about 11:10 a.m., damaging one vehicle and killing a U.S. soldier riding in it, the military said.
Also on Monday, Iraqi police recovered six bodies in Baghdad of men who had been tortured and killed.