Five policemen killed in Baghdad blasts near church

Filed on May 13, 2010

BAGHDAD - Two bombs near a church in Baghdad killed five policemen and wounded 14 others late on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said.

The first explosion struck near the Athureen church in the south Baghdad neighbourhood of Dora at about 9:30 pm (1830 GMT), but did not result in any casualties.

A few minutes later, when police reached the scene to investigate, a second bomb detonated, killing five officers and wounding 14 others.

The violence came a day after a devastating series of attacks killed 110 people in the country’s bloodiest violence this year, unrest blamed on Al-Qaeda and leading to charges of negligence on the part of the Iraq’s security forces.

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