Terrorist attacks kill a dozen people in Iraq

Remote Attacks Add to Iraqi Concerns – NYTimes.com

Attacks in two separate towns in northern Iraq left more than a dozen people dead on Saturday, adding to questions about the ability of Iraq’s security forces to control the violence that has swirled after a spate of deadly bombings this month.

The attacks underscored the challenges of providing security not only in cities but in remote areas as well, especially in the north, still unsettled by ethnic tensions and a resilient insurgency.

In one of the attacks on Saturday, insurgents drove a truck filled with explosives to a police garrison on the main street of the village of Hamad, which lies between Saddam Hussein’s hometown, Tikrit, and the restive city of Mosul. The blast was so powerful that it killed not only five members of the security forces at the station but also at least five residents in neighboring houses, according to witnesses. Fourteen people were wounded, officials said.

… The other major attack on Saturday occurred in Sinjar, a town west of Mosul and near the border with Syria; the area is home to the Yazidis, Kurdish-speaking followers of a pre-Islamic faith with its roots in Zoroastrianism. There, a bomb in a truck parked at a local market exploded and killed 4 people and wounded 23.

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