Al Qaeda suspects, policemen, TV presenter killed in Iraq

June 17th, 2008 - 7:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, June 17 (DPA) The US military said Tuesday it killed four suspected members of the Al Qaeda in Iraq group and detained 10 in operations against the network in northern Iraq while a suicide bomber killed four tribal policemen north of Baghdad and gunmen killed a television presenter in Mosul. US troops killed the four suspected members of Al Qaeda hiding in a building in the northern city of Mosul Tuesday, after the they refused to surrender, a US military statement said.

Four other suspects on the scene were detained, one of them for “his alleged role in manufacturing and distributing bombing components,” according to the statement.

In another operation in Mosul, US troops captured a suspected member of Al Qaeda, who “is believed to oversee attacks and facilitate the movement of foreign terrorists into the city”.

A police official told the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency that US troops killed four people from the same family and arrested four in a dawn raid on their home in al-Mahata area, in south Mosul.

The victims include the father and his three sons, the unnamed official said.

It is not clear whether the incident was related to the raid cited in the US military statement, in which four people were killed and four captured.

Iraqi and US troops are mounting an offensive against insurgents from Al Qaeda, who are believed to have regrouped in the northern Nineveh province after they were driven out of Baghdad and other areas over the past year.

Also in Mosul, gunmen killed a television presenter Mohialdin al-Naqib as he was leaving his home north of the city to go to work, police officials told VOI.

Al-Naqib, 50, worked with Nineveh’s television and radio station, which is part of the state-owned Iraqi Media network.

In a fresh attack on members of tribal police known as Awakening Councils, a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle targeted a checkpoint manned by council members in Saba Abkar, north of Baghdad, police told VOI.

Four council members were killed and two civilians were injured in the bombing.

Awakening Councils are set up in Sunni-dominated areas by clans with US backing to fight Al Qaeda insurgents.

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