Tension escalates in
BAGHDAD, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- At least eight policemen
were killed, including their commander, and 50 others either wounded or went
missing in a town northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source
"Fierce clashes erupted between gunmen and Iraqi
security forces while policemen were searching villages near the town of
Muradiya in Diyala province," the source said on condition of anonymity.
Dozens of gunmen attacked the police forces, killing
eight policemen, including their Colonel commander, the source said, adding at
least 25 policemen were injured in the attack and some 25 others went missing.
Earlier, gunmen attacked police commando members in
the provincial capital of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, killing six
of them and wounding 10 others, the source said.
A provincial police source said that several clashes
occurred in several towns of Diyala province on Thursday between the Iraq
isecurity forces and gunmen.
On Sunday, gunmen detonated a bomb near a police
convoy in the Muradiya town, killing 12 police recruits and wounding and
kidnapping some 50 others, said police.