At least 20 Iraqis, US soldier killed in separate attacks
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a government compound in Mosul, killing himself and Walid Kashmoula, the head of the Iraqi police anti-corruption department, officials said. Two of Kashmoula's guards were also killed. Attackers struck again hours later opening fire on the procession bearing Kashmoula's coffin as it made its way to the cemetery, killing two people and wounding 14, hospital sources said.
Separately, two unidentified bodies shot in the chest and head were found in the city.
Gunmen attacked a police station in Baquba killing at least four policemen and wounding two as a truck bomb rammed into the entrance of an Iraqi army barrack nearby wounding 17 people, 14 of them soldiers, said a police source.
Four armed men were killed in an ensuing firefight, added the source.
In Kirkuk, a US soldier was killed and three others wounded when a roadside bomb hit their patrol, said the US military, according to <i>AFP</I>.
In Baiji, west of Kirkuk, a Turkish driver travelling in a convoy escorted by the US military was killed by small arms fire, said Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Salah.
A policeman was killed and three others wounded in a similar attack in Samarra, while the bodies of an Iraqi army officer and his cousin were found in the same area, according to police.
In Basra in southern Iraq, a civilian was killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the path of a police patrol, police said.
In Baghdad, meanwhile, residents said saboteurs blew up a municipal building in a western neighborhood, reducing the two-story building to rubble. No injuries were reported.
Assailants leapt from their vehicle and unleashed gunfire on a policeman walking to work in Samarra, killing the man, said Maj. Sadoun Ahmed, a police official in the Sunni Triangle town 60 miles north of Baghdad.
Resistance fighters lobbed mortar fire into a neighborhood just outside the walls of an Iraqi army base in the town of Mahmoudiyah, south of Baghdad, killing one civilian and injuring two others, said Ikbal Sabir, an official at the Yarmouk Hospital where the bodies were taken.