Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Iraq bomb: 30 dead, 50 wounded

A suicide bomber slammed a lorry into a crowd of police lining up for duty in

Iraq today, collapsing the station near Tikrit and killing at least 30 people

and wounding 50, according to police.

Minutes later, a roadside bomb struck a car on a road on the western outskirts

of Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding two

others, police said.

Iraqi prime minister Nouri Maliki said Iraqi security forces would deploy in

force this week as part of a US-backed security sweep aimed at stopping the

violence in the capital.

The Shiite prime minister stressed that the operation would be comprehensive.

"The new security plan will not start from a specific area, but it will start

from all areas and at the same time and those who will take part in it are from

all formations of the army and police,'' he said, facing criticism that delays

in starting the operation have allowed attacks that have killed hundreds over

the past few weeks."

The violence came a day after Gen. David Petraeus took charge of US forces in

Iraq, becoming the third commander in the war and declaring the American task

now was to help Iraqis "gain the time they need to save their country."

A US soldier also was killed yesterday after coming under small-arms fire

north-east of Baghdad, the military said, raising the number of American troops

who have died this month to 37.

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