A car bomb went off near the police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, witnesses said. According to The AP, 22 cars were set ablaze after the massive blast, and at least 15 charred bodies could be scene in the street.
Police Lt. Sha'alan Allawi said the bomber drove a vehicle into a parking lot park inside the police building and detonated it. The blast occurred at one of the station's busiest times, when dozens of policemen were arriving to relieve colleagues who'd been working all night, police Col. Saad Daham conveyed.
At least four other policemen were killed in separate attacks across Iraq, including another suicide car bomb assault on a police convoy in Iskandariyah, some 50 kms south of the capital. In this incident, a suicide bomber attacked a police convoy, killing two policemen and a child who was walking down the road at the time. Police said the attack targeted Col. Salman Ali, who escaped unharmed.
In the Iraqi capital, armed men opened fire on a bakery in eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding a third, police said.