Monday, Dec 01, 2008
At least 33 people were killed in a spate of attacks targeting security forces in the heart of Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul on Monday on what was the deadliest day in Iraq in three weeks.
In the capital, 15 people were killed and dozens wounded — including young police recruits and civilians — when a suicide bomber and a car bomb exploded in quick succession near the Iraqi police academy, the interior ministry said.
Just a few hours later, another 15 people were killed and 30 wounded in a suicide car bombing against a joint US-Iraqi patrol in the centre of Mosul, police said.
The bloodshed came as official Iraqi ministry figures showed that violence across the nation had climbed in November with 340 Iraqis killed.
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In the Baghdad strike, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the entrance to the police academy on Palestine street in the city centre, shortly before a parked car exploded, the interior ministry said.
It said 15 people were killed and 45 wounded, while office of the Baghdad security plan said 11 people lost their lives and 34 were wounded.
The blasts occurred between the academy and the Iraqi water resources ministry on a stretch of road that had been reopened only two months ago after being closed for two years following a suicide attack.
This article was posted: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 11:59 am