BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say attacks against police checkpoints in central Iraq have killed four policemen, including a lieutenant colonel.
Police officials in Babil province say the first attack took place early Wednesday when gunmen in two cars opened fire on policemen manning a checkpoint south of Baghdad. Two policemen and their commander died in that attack.
Later Wednesday, a policeman was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his post in Balad. The city is located 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the Iraqi capital.
Medical officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Violence has ebbed in Iraq but insurgent attacks against security forces are still frequent.