Three killed in northern Iraq

Published February 29, 2004

MOSUL, Feb 28: An Iraqi policeman was shot dead on Saturday and two people were killed on Friday night in the north of the country, local police and US military sources said. A US patrol in Mosul "responded to a drive-by shooting directed at an Iraqi police traffic control point by four assailants in a car and a motorcycle", an army statement said.

"Working with the Iraqi police, the patrol engaged the car, killing two of the assailants," it said, adding that two suspects were detained. But Lt Col Abdelajal Hazem Hattabi, from the provincial police, said the US army shot dead civilians who happened to be in a vehicle at the scene of the attack.

"Three men on a motorbike were preparing to attack the checkpoint with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. US forces opened fire and hit a car that happened to be there," he said.

In other operations in Mosul, the US military said it detained four suspects, three after it found a homemade bomb in a search operation and one other suspected of "anti-coalition activities".

In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, further south, attacks against Iraqi police claimed another victim on Saturday.

"Unknown attackers in an Opel vehicle opened fire on a police roadblock this morning at the eastern entry to the city and police officer Ali Hamada was killed," said police chief Turhan Yussef. "We will pursue them and open an investigation," he said. -AFP

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