Twin blasts kill 5 Iraqi army personnel in Baghdad

AP News
Posted: Aug 14, 2011 10:33 AM
Twin blasts kill 5 Iraqi army personnel in Baghdad

A pair of bombs hit an Iraqi army patrol in north Baghdad, killing five security personnel and injuring 10 other people, security and medical officials said.

Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Baghdad's military operations command, said the first roadside bomb went off while the patrol was traveling through the Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah. The second bomb exploded when security forces rushed to the scene seconds later.

Two army officers and three soldiers were killed in the attack at about 8 a.m., al-Moussawi said. He didn't say how many people were wounded.

But a police officer and a doctor at a nearby hospital said six civilians and four soldiers were wounded. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Violence has significantly dropped in Iraq since 2008, but attacks still occur, particularly in Baghdad, where al-Qaida militants appear determined to show they are not a spent force. They often target Iraqi security forces as a way to undermine security and to destabilize the country.