Wednesday, May 11, 2011

At least 11 killed in attack on police in Iraq

A suicide car bomb attack today against an Iraqi police patrol in downtown Tikrit, north of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, most of them officers. Security officials said the attack occurred this evening around 21:15 local time (18:15 GMT) but until now no group has claimed responsibility for the fact, according to reports from the Iraqi news agency NINA.

The attack in Tikrit, hometown of former President Saddam Hussein, came days after the leadership of Al Qaeda in Iraq vowed to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden, on 2 May in the city of Abbottagad, Pakistan. In addition, it is the strongest attack in Tikrit from the recorded last March 29 when an Al Qaeda operation against the offices of the provincial government created a clash with security forces that left at least 58 dead.

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