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.