Six policemen killed in Baghdad attack

Team Infidel

Forum Spin Doctor
Media: The Associated Press
Date: 21 September 2006


BAGHDAD, Iraq_Six policemen were killed when their western Baghdad station
was hit with mortar and gunfire Thursday, while the U.S. military said an
American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in the capital.

The U.S. soldier was killed when the bomb exploded next to his vehicle in
northern Baghdad on Wednesday, the military said in a statement. Further
information is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A joint American and Iraqi patrol clashed with forces loyal to radical
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Diwaniyah, 130 kilometers (80 miles) south
of Baghdad, in a raid to arrest a Mahdi Army leader, police said.

Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded and four injured, said police Capt. Abbas
al-Bayati. An Iraqi armored personnel vehicle and a U.S. Humvee were
damaged, but there were no immediate reports of American casualties,
al-Bayati said.

Al-Bayati said he was still trying to confirm whether there were any Mahdi
Army dead or wounded.

In the attack on the Baghdad police station in the Khadra neighborhood,
assailants first fired a mortar at the building then drove up in four cars
and opened fire with machine guns, said police 1st Lt. Maitham Abdel-Razaq.

In addition to the six policemen killed, one more was injured, he said.

Another policeman was killed in the northern city of Mosul in a morning
drive-by shooting, police said.

One more policeman was killed and another wounded when a police car was
fired upon by unknown assailants in downtown Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35
miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

Meanwhile, two people were killed and another nine injured when a car bomb
exploded near an electricity office in Baghdad, police said.

The bomb placed in a parked car exploded just before 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) in
the Hurriya neighborhood of the capital, police 1st Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said.

In the northeastern Diyala province, a convoy was hit by a roadside bomb
attack, injuring the governor's brother and three guards, police said. The
governor was not in the convoy.

And in downtown Fallujah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad, parts of
two mutilated bodies were found.

One was decapitated with its, hands and legs chopped off but could still be
identified by family members, said Police Lt. Mohammed Ismail said, without
identifying the victim.

A severed head belonging to Ahmed Kamel, also known as Munem Abu Shaiba was
found the previous day, Ismail said. Kamel was wanted by American forces for
suspected insurgent activity.