Iraq: Scores of policemen feared dead as two US soldiers killed
A large group of policemen transporting police vehicles near Baghdad were hit by a roadside bomb, Interior Ministry and police sources said on Friday. According to Reuters, the sources said they feared at least 30 policemen were either dead or missing after Thursday's attack.
The policemen were ambushed as they headed towards their headquarters in Najaf in southern Iraq. A senior Najaf police official said that at least six were killed, 10 were injured and 50 missing after the bombing.
Elsewhere, a suicide car bomber attacked a police station north of Baghdad Friday, wounding at least seven people when he detonated his explosives, police said.
A roadside bomb Thursday killed a U.S. soldier southwest of Baghdad, the military said. The U.S. command also reported that a Marine died Wednesday of wounds suffered in "hostile action" near Baghdad.
In another incident, gunmen stormed the house of a Sunni family in Basra and killed seven people _ a father, five of his sons and another relative, police said. A navy officer and his friend were killed by drive-by shooters while walking downtown in the largely Shiite city.
In Baghdad, Mahmoud al-Hashimi, whose brother heads Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political party, was slain along with a companion Thursday as they drove through a mostly Shiite area, the Iraqi Islamic Party said.