Baghdad, Oct 12: A slew of bombings targeting Iraqi police in Baghdad on Wednesday morning killed 10 people and wounded more than 20, Iraqi officials said.
The blasts aimed at the police, generally considered to be the weakest section of the country's security forces, and emphasized that despite Iraq's security gains, longterm stability in the country is still elusive.
In the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Hurriyah, a suicide car bomber targeted a police station and killed six people, said two Baghdad police officials. Ten people were also wounded in that blast.
In the southern Karradah neighborhood, three people were killed and six wounded by another suicide car bomb attack on a police station, the officials said. Smoke could be seen rising from the blast site as ambulances rushed to the scene, their sirens wailing. Iraqi army helicopters circled over head.
A parked car bomb exploded in western Baghdad targeting a police patrol but killed one civilian and injured five people. Three people were also injured by a roadside bomb hitting a police patrol in western Baghdad.
A hospital official confirmed the causalities.
The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but such attacks are usually the work of Sunni militant groups such as al-Qaida in Iraq. They often target security forces in their attempt to destabilize the country and sow havoc.
The police are an especially vulnerable target among Iraq's security forces because they usually do not have the heavy weapons or equipment that the Iraqi army has. The military has received the bulk of the U.S. training assistance since the war began. AP