Sunday Aug 12, 201211:11 AM GMT
Blasts in Iraq kill 3 policemen, wounds 2
A scene of bomb blast in Iraq (file photo)
A scene of bomb blast in Iraq (file photo)
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:10AM
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Three policemen have been killed and three others injured in two bomb explosions in the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhr, 60 kilometres south of the capital city, Baghdad.


The first explosion on Sunday morning claimed the lives of three police officers, police and medical sources said.

The second bomb went off when another police unit arrived at the scene of the incident and injured three other officers, AFP reported.

Jurf al-Sakhr’s police chief Colonel Mohammed al-Hamdani was among the injured.

The town is located in a region nicknamed as the Triangle of Death due to the high frequency of terrorist attacks following the 2003 US-led invasion to Iraq.

July was the bloodiest month in Iraq in almost two years.

Official figures put the number of people killed in attacks last month at 325, the highest monthly death toll since August 2010.

Violence has increased in Iraq since December 2011 when an arrest warrant was issued for fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.

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