Policeman killed, another wounded by gunmen in Iraq

Drive-by gunmen killed one policeman and wounded another in northern Iraq on Monday, while police uncovered the bullet-riddled bodies of two men in the capital, Baghdad, police said.

The slain and wounded policemen, both brothers, were attacked by armed men firing from a speeding car in the northern city of Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, at 9:15 a.m., said police Capt. Firhad Talabani.

In Baghdad's southern Abu Dashir neighborhood, police found the bodies of two men, both of whom had their hands and legs bound and were shot repeatedly, said Capt. Firas Jiti. Police found no identity documents on the men, who both wore civilian clothes.

Police have been targeted in a relentless campaign by insurgents opposed to the U.S.-led military presence in Iraq and efforts to rebuild the country. Baghdad's southern suburbs have also become regular dumping grounds for victims of the insecurity, reports the AP.


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