Iraq suicide bomber death toll rises to 10

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 21, 2011 12:25




BAGHDAD — A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb Monday morning at a police station north of Baghdad, killing at least 10 police officers, police and health officials said.

Monday's attack in Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, comes nine days after a suicide bomber targeted Shiite pilgrims returning from a religious ceremony at the city's al-Askari mosque. Thirty-six were killed in that attack.

Two police officers said the Monday morning bombing also wounded at least 22 people. A hospital official confirmed the casualty figures.

The police battalion that came under attack had been dispatched to the city from a southern Shiite province two weeks ago to help protect Shiite pilgrims during the ceremony, said Niyaz Oglu, a member of the area's provincial council.

Oglu accused al-Qaida in Iraq of organizing the attack.

"They are taking revenge on the security forces that have foiled their attempts to ignite sectarian violence," he said.

No group claimed responsibility for Monday's bombing, but such attacks bear the hallmarks of al-Qaida or its allied Sunni-dominated militant organizations who consider Shiites as heretics and enemies.


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