- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings around Iraq Tuesday claimed eight lives, including four policemen, a Baghdad provincial council official and an Iraqi army general, Iraqi officials said.

While violence has dropped overall across the country, the attacks underline the continued threat to government employees and members of the security forces, who are often targeted by insurgents trying to destabilize the country.

The four policemen were killed when an explosives-laden car detonated next to a police patrol in the town of Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, said Iraqi police officials. A civilian in a nearby vehicle was also killed and at least seven civilians were wounded in that attack.

A brigadier general with the Iraqi army was killed when a so-called sticky bomb attached to his car exploded in Kazimiyah, a primarily Shiite district in northern Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.

An official with the Baghdad provincial council, Qahtan Abdul-Hussein, died when a sticky bomb attached to his vehicle went off Tuesday morning as he was driving through a security checkpoint in the mainly Shi’ite district of Hurriyah in northern Baghdad, the Baghdad provincial council said in a press release.

“Terrorists have killed an official in charge of the social welfare department in Baghdad’s provincial council,” the council said in a press release. “This cowardly terrorist attack will not undermine its (the council‘s) employees from carrying out their jobs in serving Baghdad and its people.”

According to the statement, a policeman at the checkpoint was also injured in the incident.

In a separate attack in Beiji, police said gunmen opened fire on an oil truck traveling on a highway just outside the city, killing its driver. Oil-related infrastructure such as pipelines or refineries have often been targeted by insurgents looking to disrupt the flow of oil and hurt Iraq’s oil income.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.



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