Nine people were killed and 17
wounded in a suicide and mortar attack on a government compound
in the northern Iraqi town of Tarmiya on Tuesday, police and
One attacker wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at
the structure, which held the mayor's office, the town's police
station and other government organisations, officials told
Others shot at security guards and fired mortars at the
compound, around 25 km (15 miles) north of the Iraqi capital.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault.
But Sunni Muslim insurgents have regularly hit targets
linked to the Shi'ite-ld government and the army
since the start
of 2013, amid the country's worst spate of violence in five
The violence, sometimes carried out by groups linked to Al
Qaida, has been exacerbated by the increasingly sectarian
conflict in neighbouring Syria