At least eight policemen killed northeast of Baghdad 2006-10-26 20:49:11

Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

    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 told Xinhua.

    "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.

Editor: Yan Liang
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