Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:24PM
An Iraqi police officer stands at a checkpoint in Baghdad. (File Photo)

An Iraqi police officer stands at a checkpoint in Baghdad. (File Photo)

At least five people have been killed and two others injured in separate terrorist attacks in Iraq, security and medical officials said. According to Iraqi sources, a policeman was killed and two others were injured after militants shelled a police station in Hibhib, north of the capital, on Wednesday, AFP reported. Some reports say the attack on Hibhib police station aimed at freeing prisoners. Three attackers wearing explosive belts were also killed in the exchange of fire. Two soldiers were killed in an attack on an army checkpoint in northern city of Mosul, while a man was shot dead in front of his house in the city. The fifth victim, a provincial council security official, was shot dead in western Baghdad, an interior ministry official said. Bombings and shootings have recently increased across Iraq and many believe that the attacks aim at undermining the central government. Official figures show that July was the bloodiest month in Iraq in almost two years. The figures put the number of people killed in attacks in July at 325, the highest monthly death toll since August 2010. HM/JR
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