Suicide bomber targets Iraqi governor’s house

May 18th, 2009 - 4:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Mosul (Iraq), May 18 (DPA) An Iraqi policeman was killed and three civilians were wounded when a suicide bomber targeted the home of the governor of a northern Iraqi province, according to news reports Monday.
Citing local police, it said a man detonated explosives packed into his car 150 metres away from the home of Athil al-Najifi, governor of Iraq’s northern Nineveh province, in downtown Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad. The governor was apparently unharmed, Baghdad’s Buratha news agency reported.

Nineveh, which is among the most ethnically and religiously diverse areas of Iraq, has been the site of near-daily deadly attacks in recent months, despite successive security pushes that police say have netted hundreds of suspected militants.

Late Sunday night, police told DPA that militants had fatally shot a police officer in downtown Mosul.

In a separate incident Sunday evening, “unknown gunmen” fatally shot a civil servant in the Hay al-Zuhur district of eastern Mosul. A bystander was also injured in that incident, police said.

Also Sunday evening, a car bomb targeting an Iraqi military patrol east of Mosul injured two Iraqi soldiers and four civilians bystanders, police told DPA.

That attack followed an attack on an Iraqi police patrol in the western Mosul district of Den-Den, police said. Four people, including one policeman, were killed in that car-bomb attack.

Police in eastern Mosul also said they had found five unidentified bodies in the Tahrir neighbourhood earlier that day.

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