Police: Twin suicide bombs kill five policemen in west Iraq

July 11, 2013 11:59

RAMADI, Iraq - Two suicide bombers attacked a police station in western Iraq on Thursday, killing at least five policemen, police sources said.

The first bomber opened fire on a checkpoint as he approached the police station, shooting two dead before entering the building and blowing himself up, killing a further three.

The second assailant drove a car packed with explosives into the same police station in the city of Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of the capital, in Iraq's Sunni heartland.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Thursday's attacks, but suicide bombings are the trademark of al-Qaida's Iraqi wing, the Islamic State of Iraq, which security experts say has been gaining strength and recruits.

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