11 Dead in North Iraq Violence
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A series of attacks north of Baghdad, including multiple bombings targeting police, killed 11 people on Monday.
Monday's violence concentrated on security forces for a second consecutive day, with suicide bombers hitting police sites in multiple cities in north Iraq.
In the deadliest attack, multiple bombings targeting a police station in the town of Sharqat, in Salaheddin province, left four policemen dead and a dozen more wounded, according to police and medical sources.
An initial car bomb outside the station caused no casualties, but as police and emergency responders gathered at the scene of the blast, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives-rigged belts.
Another car bomb, this one set off by a suicide bomber, targeted a police academy in Salaheddin's capital Tikrit, just a day after the centre launched a recruitment drive.
One person was killed, and nine others were wounded by the explosion, officials said.
Two suicide bombers also targeted a police station in Kirkuk, killing two policemen and wounding seven others, AFP reported.
One of the suicide bombers blew himself up at the entrance to the station, causing the casualties, officials said. The other was still holed up inside, with security forces having evacuated the building and sealed off the area.
The latest attacks came a day after another coordinated set of bombings against a police headquarters in the restive central city of Baquba killed three policemen.
Also on Monday, gunmen shot dead three civil servants in the main northern city of Mosul and left another wounded, and a grenade attack on an army checkpoint just north of Baghdad killed a soldier and wounded two others.
Violence so far this year has left more than 5,400 people dead, the country's worst violence since 2008, when it was emerging from a brutal sectarian war in which tens of thousands were killed.