Iraq: At least seven dead as US forces clash with Shiite gunmen
A suicide truck bomber struck an Iraqi police agency in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least seven people and injuring 45, police said.
The blast occurred about 10:30 a.m. and devastated a building housing the local highway police headquarters in the Albu Ajil village on the eastern outskirts of Tikrit, a police officer said, according to the AP.
On Saturday, a suspected al-Qaeda suicide bomber rammed a speeding gasoline truck into an Iraqi army checkpoint outside the capital, killing at least 14 troops. The suicide tank truck driver killed the 14 Iraqi soldiers near the gate of the army unit's headquarters near Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of the capital, provincial police spokesman Capt. Muthanna Khalid said. 29 others were hurt.
Meanwhile, police and witnesses in Baghdad said overnight clashes between American soldiers and Shiite militiamen left at least five Iraqis dead and 19 injured in an eastern district. The fighting in the predominantly Shiite Fidhiliyah area on the Baghdad's outskirts broke out after a U.S. military convoy came under attack near the local offices of Muqtada al-Sadr, according to police officers in the area.
The police and witnesses said those killed and wounded were Iraqis. They included bystanders caught in the crossfire. American soldiers stormed al-Sadr offices and arrested 16 men, according to police and an official in al-Sadr's office.