Iraq: At least 33 die in blasts;Two U.S. troops killed
Bombings and shootings in central Iraq and Baghdad, including twin suicide truck bomb attacks on leading figures in the fight against Al-Qaeda, killed at least 33 Iraqis on Tuesday, officials said.
Two car bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Baiji on Tuesday killed at least 19 people and injured 50, Iraqi police said. According to Reuters, the first targeted a mosque and the second was aimed at the house of the town's police chief and Thamer Ibrahim Atallah, a tribal leader at the forefront of the fight against Al-Qaeda. Both escaped unharmed though members of their families were killed.
Violence also raged in Baghdad, where at least 12 people died and more than 60 were wounded in four bomb blasts, including one which ripped through crowds in a central square, Iraqi officials said.
In northern Mosul city, the deputy commander of Nineveh police, Brigadier General Abdul Aal Thannoun Mubarak was killed when unidentified gunmen attacked his convoy, police said, according to AFP. Another policeman was killed in a car bomb attack on a police patrol in Mosul, that also wounded two other officers.
A series of bomb attacks in Iraq on Monday killed 21 people, including 10 civilians near a police station north of Baghdad, police said.
A car bomb killed two people near Poland's Baghdad embassy, five days after the Polish ambassador was wounded in a separate attack. The police station targeted was in a village near the city of Samarra, 100 km north of Baghdad added Reuters.
Nine others were killed by roadside bombs or car bombs across Iraq. One car bomb killed four people and wounded 10, including women and children, near central Baghdad's Technology University, police said.
Meanwhile, two American troops died, one in combat operations in Anbar province and another from wounds sustained on Friday in fighting near the town of Baiji north of the capital.