BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck near a police station in central Iraq, killing five policemen.
Iraqi health official Raed Ibrahim said Monday's attack in Tikrit north of Baghdad also wounded 15. Lawmaker Qutayba al-Jabouri also confirmed the attack.
There wasn't an immediate claim of responsibility, but such attacks are typical of al-Qaida's Iraq branch, the Islamic State of Iraq.
The militant Sunni group frequently uses car bombs, suicide bombers and coordinated blasts to target Shiites and those working with the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Iraqi intelligence officials say that the country's al-Qaida branch is strengthening as it takes advantage of chaos in neighboring Syria to smuggle in arms, weapons and fighters.