Baghdad: A series of attacks north of Baghdad — including multiple bombings targeting police — killed seven people on Monday, as Iraq grapples with its worst bloodshed since 2008.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has appealed to Washington for greater cooperation in fighting militancy as wide-ranging operations targeting insurgents and tightened security measures have done little to quell a months-long surge in violence.
In Monday’s deadliest attack, multiple bombings targeting a police station in the predominantly Sunni Arab town of Sharqat, in Salah Al Deen province, left four policemen dead and a dozen more wounded, according to police and medical sources.
An initial car bomb outside the station caused no casualties, but as police and emergency responders gathered at the scene of the blast, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives-rigged belts.
Another car bomb, this one set off by a suicide bomber, was set off near a police academy in Salah Al Deen’s capital Tikrit, just a day after the centre launched a recruitment drive.
Ten people were wounded by the explosion, officials said.
The latest attacks came a day after another coordinated set of bombings against a police headquarters in the restive central city of Baqouba killed three policemen.
Also on Monday, gunmen shot dead three civil servants in the main northern city of Mosul and left another wounded.
Violence so far this year has left more than 5,400 people dead, the country’s worst violence since 2008, when it was emerging from a brutal sectarian war in which tens of thousands were killed.
In addition to major security problems, the Iraqi government has failed to provide adequate basic services such as electricity and clean water, and corruption is widespread.
Political squabbling has paralysed the government, while parliament has passed almost no major legislation in years.