BAGHDAD - A northern Iraqi police chief and seven other officers were among at least nine people killed Tuesday in attacks that also left a dozen others wounded, police officials said.
Lieutenant Colonel Zaid Hussein, the top-ranking officer in Amerli town, near the northern oil city Kirkuk, and three colleagues died as a roadside bomb struck their convoy, said Colonel Hussein Al-Baiti, a senior officer in Kirkuk.
Four more police were killed when a roadside bomb struck their patrol in the south of Kirkuk province, said Baiti.
In Baghdad, meanwhile, at least one person was killed and 12 wounded when a sticky bomb attached to a car exploded in the east of the capital, police said.
The attacks followed a spate of bombings Monday that saw 22 people killed across the country, on what was the worst day of violence since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began more than two weeks ago.
Armili, about 100 miles (165 kilometers) north of Baghdad, is a town of about 26,000 people – most of them Shiites from Iraq’s Turkomen ethnic minority. More than 100 people were killed in 2007 when a suicide truck bomber targeted a town market there.
Insurgents in northern Iraq, who have maintained a stronghold in the city of Mosul, have frequently targeted ethnic minorities in recent weeks. Many of the attacks have hit remote villages and towns like Armili that often depend on a small security force for protection.
In Baghdad, a Health Ministry official escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb hit his convoy in the eastern part of the capital, but one ministry employee died in the blast, Iraqi police and health officials said. - Agencies