18 killed in attacks on Iraqi forces
10 September, 2012
Baghdad: At least 18 people were killed in attacks in Iraq targeting the security forces on Sunday, officials said.
In the deadliest single incident, 11 soldiers were killed in a shooting and bombing attack on an army checkpoint north of Baghdad.
Another bomb killed seven police recruits near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, reports say. Insurgents linked to al-Qaeda have been blamed for much of the recent violence in Iraq.
The bomb near Kirkuk targeted police who were applying for jobs with the state-run Northern Oil Company, according to police spokesmen. The latest violence comes only days after eight people were killed on attacks on Shia Muslim places of worship in Kirkuk.
Although violence has decreased since its peak in 2006 and 2007, attacks have escalated again after the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in December 2011 and amid increasing political and sectarian tensions.