Suicide truck bomber kills 20 in Baghdad

A suicide truck bomber targeted a Baghdad police station today, killing at least 20 people and wounding another 30, police said.

The attacker, driving a truck loaded with explosives, blew up his deadly charge at the Rashad police station in the eastern neighbourhood of Mashtal around 2:50 pm, said Captain Mahir Abdul Satar. The vehicle slammed into concrete barriers surrounding the police station.

Police officials said the attack left a half dozen vehicles in flames. Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze.

Six cars, including two police cars, were seen burning and several nearby shops were damaged, police officials said. Body parts lay scattered throughout the explosion area.

Insurgents have regularly targeted Iraq’s police and security forces in attempts to further destabilise the country.

Earlier in the day, scattered attacks across the capital left three dead, including two police officers, according to police and hospital officials. A police lieutenant colonel was killed in northern Iraq, officials said.

Lt. Col. Imad Hatam, deputy director of the Kazimiyah police station in northern Baghdad, was killed by unknown gunmen as he was leaving his home for work, confirmed Dr Muhannad Jawad of Yarmouk Hospital.

Elsewhere, police Lt. Col. Nouredine Raouf was killed by gunmen in the ethnically tense city of Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, officials there said.

Meanwhile, two mortar shells fell near Ministry of Interior and the police academy in central Baghdad, killing one officer, a police official said under condition of anonymity.

Gunmen also shot to death Saad Kadhim, a captain in the new Iraqi intelligence service, in the western Baghdad neighbourhood of Jihad, according to Captain Talib Thamir of the Amil police station.

A Baghdad city employee was also seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting in western Baghdad as he headed to work, said Thamir. It was unclear who the assailants were, he said.

Police also reported a former member of a local city council was gunned down last night in front of his home in Dujail, 50 miles miles north of Baghdad.

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