At least 42 Iraqis killed in attacks, clashes; US soldier dies in Kirkuk
Two major attacks took place Friday against police stations in different part of Baghdad, killing at least 30 people, including 16 police officers. One of the attacks was a car bomb, police said.
The attacks occurred in the western Amil district and in Azamiyah, where police said a car bomb went off during a clash between Iraqi government forces and armed men around the police station.
14 people were killed and 19 others wounded in the Azamiyah blast, according to the Numan hospital.
Earlier, gunmen stormed a police station in Amil near the road to Baghdad International Airport, killing 16 police officers, looting weapons and torching two cars, officials said, according to The AP.
Police Capt. Mohammed al-Jumeili said the attackers shelled the station with mortars, and then about 15 of them moved into its main courtyard and clashed with police inside. Several officers were wounded, he said. Detainees being held at the station were also hurt, al-Jumeili said.
In the north, American and Iraqi forces battled resistance fighters in Mosul, leaving at least 11 fighters and a policeman dead, Iraqi commanders said.
Also Friday, an American soldier was killed and two were injured after a roadside bomb hit their patrol near the northern city of Kirkuk, the U.S. military said.