At least four people, including three policemen and an army officer, have been killed in two separate attacks security forces across Iraq, official sources report. Iraqi officials reported on Wednesday that armed assailants carried out an attack on a military checkpoint in the city of Mussayib, south of the capital, Baghdad, killing three policemen and wounding three others. According to reports, one police officer was also shot dead and another one injured by gunfire in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul.
Meanwhile, an army lieutenant colonel was killed and another officer wounded while on patrol after a roadside bomb went off in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, north of the capital.Report further indicated that four people, including a policeman, were hurt in a similar attack targeting a military patrol in Baghdad. No group has claimed responsibility of the attacks so far. The recent wave of deadly attacks came after 22 people lost their lives and 44 others were wounded after a bomb exploded in Taji town, some 25 kilometers north of Baghdad, on February 4. Also on February 3, coordinated attacks on police headquarters claimed more than 30 lives and hurt some 70 others in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Bombings and shootings have recently intensified across Iraq. The Iraqi government has stepped up efforts to increase security across the country over the past few months. MKA/JR