Suicide Attack Leaves 4 Police Officers Dead

Suicide Attack Leaves 4 Police Officers Dead
April 26th, 2007  
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Suicide Attack Leaves 4 Police Officers Dead
USA Today
April 26, 2007
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Violence Escalates In Iraq's Diyala Province
By Associated Press
BAGHDAD A suicide bomber struck a police station Wednesday northeast of Baghdad, killing four officers two days after two trucks had detonated, killing nine U.S. paratroopers in the volatile area. Explosions, shootings and mortar attacks left at least 41 people dead elsewhere.
The attacker blew himself up at the front gate of the police station in Balad Ruz, 50 miles northeast of Baghdad, police said. Sixteen people, including 11 civilians, were wounded.
Balad Ruz is in Diyala province, which has seen some of the worst violence recently. The U.S. military says Sunni militants have fled to the area since U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a security crackdown in Baghdad on Feb. 14.
An al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for Monday's double-suicide truck bombing in which dump trucks blasted a paratrooper outpost in Diyala province, causing the two-story building to collapse. Nine U.S. soldiers were killed.
U.S. commanders hope to minimize such bombings in the capital by constructing walls around neighborhoods that have been racked by sectarian killings.
Last week, the U.S. military announced it was building a 3-mile-long, 12-foot-high concrete wall in Azamiyah, a Sunni stronghold that has been targeted by mortar and rocket attacks by Shiite militiamen.
The proposal to construct a wall drew sharp criticism from many Azamiyah residents, who denounced the plan as an attempt to isolate Sunnis.
In a statement Wednesday, the Sunni Conference for the People of Iraq accused the government of ignoring "the return of the militias and death squads to target Sunni areas" and said building walls was designed to make Sunnis "soft targets for militias."
On Wednesday, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said the wall was a "sectarian, racist and unjust" plot by the Americans to divide Iraqis.
Hours later, al-Sadr supporters demonstrated in Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, chanting, "No, no to division."
Others carried a banner that read, "The building of the Baghdad wall is the beginning of Baghdad's division."
Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia has been blamed for much of the sectarian bloodshed the United States says the Azamiyah wall is designed to stop.
An al-Sadr aide, Sheik Salah al-Obaidi, told reporters in the Shiite holy city of Najaf that demonstrations are planned in Baghdad to condemn the wall. He said that if security permits, al-Sadr's followers would like to join Sunni demonstrators in Azamiyah.
The U.S. military has said al-Sadr is in neighboring Iran, despite insistence by his aides that he is in hiding in Iraq.
Al-Obaidi said that al-Sadr was in hiding "for security reasons" and that "it is not necessary to know where he is."
Also Wednesday, the U.S. military said an American soldier died the day before in a non-combat-related incident. No further details were released.

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