Three Iraqi officers die in attack as seven Iraqis abducted
Three Iraqi army officers died and another was injured on Saturday when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a military camp Tikrit, a local police source told Xinhua. The dead included a lieutenant colonel, a major and a lieutenant. The wounded was a lieutenant colonel, said Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Mohammed Jassim, a spokesman for Iraq's Defense Ministry.
The bomber targeted a group of Iraqi army recruits who had just completed their training and were being dispatched to another area of Iraq, Jassim said, according to the AP.
In other incidents, a roadside bomb hit an Iraqi police patrol in east Baghdad, killing one officer and injuring one, said police Lt. Bilal Ali. Elsewhere, two mortars were fired in northern Baghdad, one hitting a home and killing two children and wounding a woman, said police Maj. Moussa Abdul-Karim.
Police in Baghdad also found the bodies of seven Iraqi men, five of them relatives from Iraq's Sunni minority, who had been kidnapped and brutally killed.
Meanwhile, seven Iraqis were abducted near Mahaweel, a city of Sunnis and Shiites about 35 miles south of Baghdad, police said.