16 Iraqi police have been killed in explosions directed at the government that has worked closely with the U.S. since the invasion and occupation in March 2003. The bombing took place on May 5, 2011., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Suicide bomber kills 13, wounds 15 in Iraq
(philstar.com) Updated May 05, 2011 02:08
HILLAH, Iraq (Xinhua) – A suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a group of police force Thursday morning in Iraq's central city of Hillah and detonated himself, killing at least 13 and wounding 15 others, a local police source told Xinhua.
The attack occurred in the center of Hillah, the capital city of Babylon province which locates 90 km south of Baghdad, when the police were on a morning shift, said the source on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Many of the killed and wounded were policemen, and several cars and nearby shops were damaged in the blast, he said, adding the police force has cordoned off the area for investigation.
Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks continue in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the last three years.
The attacks underscore the challenges that the Iraqi security forces are facing as they struggle to restore stability and normalcy in Iraqi cities about eight months before the departure of all U.S. forces by the end of 2011.