Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Bomb in Northern Iraqi Shiite Town Kills 5 - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page
Iraqi police officers are seen outside the Shiite Muslim Abdel Karim al-Madani mosque in central Baquba, 60 kms northeast of Baghdad. (AFP)

Iraqi police officers are seen outside the Shiite Muslim Abdel Karim al-Madani mosque in central Baquba, 60 kms northeast of Baghdad. (AFP)

BAGHDAD, (AP) – A roadside bomb targeting the police chief of a northern Iraqi town that is home to a large Shiite population killed 5 people on Tuesday, including the chief and four of his bodyguards, a police official said.

The 8 a.m attack in the town of Armili targeted a convoy carrying the town’s police chief, Maj. Zaid Hussein Khalaf, said Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qader of the police in Kirkuk, a city further north.

Armili, about 100 miles (165 kilometers) north of Baghdad, is a town with a population of 26,000, mostly Shiites from Iraq’s Turkoman ethnic minority. More than 100 people were killed in 2007 when a suicide truck bomber targeted a town market there.

Meanwhile, a Health Ministry official escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb hit his convoy in the eastern part of Baghdad, but one ministry employee died in the blast, Iraqi police and health officials said.

Eight bystanders and four people in the convoy were also wounded in the attack that appeared directed at Dr. Ali Bustan al-Fartosi, who is in charge of eastern Baghdad’s medical facilities. The doctor escaped unharmed, the officials said.

The police official said it was not known why the doctor was targeted.

Also in Baghdad, two roadside bombs targeted two separate police patrols, injuring ten people including four policemen, police and health officials said.

All the police and health officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

People gather around a destroyed car after a suicide car bomber targeted a checkpoint in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

People gather around a destroyed car after a suicide car bomber targeted a checkpoint in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

People gather around a destroyed car after a suicide car bomber targeted a checkpoint in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

People gather around a destroyed car after a suicide car bomber targeted a checkpoint in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube