Thursday, October 13, 2011

25 Killed in Slew of Attacks Targeting Iraq Police

A slew of bombings embattled Iraqi police in Baghdad on Wednesday morning, including blasts by two suicide bombers who tried to ram their vehicles through police station gates. Iraqi officials said 25 people died and dozens more were injured in the carnage.

The blasts were aimed at the police, normally considered to be the weakest section of the country's security forces, and emphasized that in spite of Iraq's security gains, long-term constancy in the country is still elusive.

U.S. forces are planned to leave Iraq by the end of this year, and Wednesday's multi-pronged attack is likely to add to concerns about whether the Iraqi security forces are able to efficiently secure the city.

In the southern Karradah neighborhood, 13 people died and 25 were injured by a suicide car bomb attack on a police station, said Baghdad police officials. Smoke could be seen rising from the blast site as ambulances rushed to the scene, their sirens wailing. Iraqi army helicopters circled above head.

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