BAGHDAD (AP) — Rebels launched multiple attacks on police posts around the city of Tikrit killing 18 policemen and injuring three, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Tuesday. In Baghdad, a car bomb targeting an Iraqi National Guard leader wounded nine people.
Arkan Mohammed, a government official in Tikrit, said 12 policemen died when gunmen attacked a station 12 miles south of the city, Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
Master Sgt. Robert Powell, of the Tikrit-based U.S. 1st Infantry Division, also said militants launched four other attacks Tuesday morning on various police checkpoints in Tikrit, killing five Iraqi officers and injuring three others.