Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
Suicide bomber kills nine policemen in north Iraq
The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a police convoy
KIRKUK, Iraq, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - A suicide bomber killed nine Kurdish police in northern Iraq on Sunday, a district official and a doctor said.
The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a police convoy in the town of Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province, also wounding nine officers, district official Shalal Abdul Baban told AFP.
A doctor and police confirmed the toll.
The town is part of a swathe of northern territory that Iraqi Kurds want to incorporate into their three-province autonomous region over the strong objections of the federal government in Baghdad.
Diplomats say the dispute is one of the main threats to Iraq's long-term stability.
Security forces, meanwhile, began a major operation on Sunday in Diyala, Salaheddin and Kirkuk provinces, aimed at tracking down those behind bombings and assassinations during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi said.All three provinces have been hit by frequent attacks, including in recent weeks.