(REUTERS – October 12th) Two suicide car bombers and a car bomb targeted police in separate districts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad today, killing at least 14 people and wounding around 60, interior ministry and police sources said.
One bomber rammed an explosives-filled car into a police station in central Alwiya district, killing 6 people including four policemen, and another bomber blew up his car outside a police building in northwestern Hurriya district, killing at least five people, the sources said.
In a third attack, a car bomb targeted a police patrol in the southern Ilaam district, killing at least three and wounding 10 others, police said.
The bombings underscored the ability of insurgents to hit multiple targets in the capital despite security improvements and a fall in overall violence in Iraq as the last U.S. troops prepare to withdraw by the end of this year.
The number of bombings and attacks have fallen sharply from its peak during the sectarian slaughter in 2006-2007, but Sunni Islamists tied to al-Qaeda and radical Shi’ite militias are still a threat to the country.
Insurgents this year have increasingly targeted local security forces and local government offices outside the capital in an attempt to show that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki‘s government cannot provide security as U.S. troops leave.