25 Killed in Bomb Spree Targeting Baghdad Cops

25 killed in attack that hit even an al-Sadr-controlled Shiite neighborhood
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 12, 2011 10:06 AM CDT
25 Killed in Bomb Spree Targeting Baghdad Cops
A man injured in a car bomb lies on a hospital bed in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.   (Karim Kadim)

A slew of bombings targeted Iraqi police in Baghdad this morning, including blasts by two suicide bombers who tried to ram their vehicles through police station gates. Iraqi officials said 25 people died and dozens more were wounded in the carnage. Police are generally considered the weakest section of the country's security forces, and the attack on them seems designed to emphasize that despite its security gains, Iraq's long-term stability remains elusive.

In the southern Karradah neighborhood, 13 people died and 25 were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a police station, Baghdad police officials said. Nine more were killed when another car bomb hit a police station in the Shiite neighborhood of Hurriyah, a stronghold of Muqtada al-Sadr. "We saw terrified people, some injured, running in our direction," said one man who was eating nearby. "We rushed to the attacked police station and saw burned bodies and charred cars. We helped cover the burned bodies until the ambulances arrived." Two other blasts hit western Baghdad, killing two policemen and a civilian. (Read more Baghdad stories.)

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