Attack on policemen's home kills 13 in Iraq

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Posted: Aug 08, 2013 6:05 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say a double attack on a policeman's home in central Iraq has killed 13 people, including the policeman and his entire family.

Police officials said Thursday that gunmen stormed the policeman's home late the previous night in the city of Tikrit, killing the policeman, his wife, two sons and one daughter.

When neighbors started to gather around the house, a car bomb exploded on the crowd, killing eight people and wounding 30.

Tikrit is 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to media.

Violence has spiked in Iraq in recent months and the holy month of Ramdan, which ended on Thursday, has been the bloodiest since 2007.