« 3 found in cave in Texas | Main | Blog on meeting/press conference »

Suicide bombers attack near Baghdad

According to MSNBC, nine people were killed after a car bomb exploded in Baghdad on Sunday next to a parked minibus waiting for worshippers to board to travel to s Shiite shirine in the Iraqi capitaal.

Immediately following the blast, police officials had cleared the area and had forced vehicles off the roads.

Earlier Sunday, police found a parked booby-trapped minibus in the same area and detonated it without casualties, added the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release the information.

Also, it was reported on Sunday that a suicide truck bomber launched an attack on a police station north of Baghdad that killed eight Iraqi civilians. The bomber was being followed by dozens of gunmen.

Police shot and killed the suicide bomber a tanker full of explosives blew up near police headquarters in Samarra. Beside the eight fatalities, four other were injured in the late Saturday attack.

According to CNN, a suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives in a crowded marketplace near Afghan police Saturday, killing nine people and injuring at least 29.

Eleven of the injured victims were transported in helicopters to a nearby hospital. The rest were were taken to the Spin Boldak hospital.

Over 600 police officials have been killed this year as they have been a consistent target for the Taliban suicide bombers.