Mosul - Fighting in northern Iraq killed nine police on Friday,
while a car bomb targeting worshippers near a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad
left four dead, security and medical officials said.
The fighting between police and armed men in west Mosul,
including mortar rounds fired at checkpoints, killed nine police and wounded
seven, police and a doctor said.
Four gunmen were also killed in the clashes.
In Rashidiyah, north of Baghdad, the car bomb exploded as
worshippers left Friday prayers at Al-Ghufran mosque, killing at least four
people and wounding 22, an interior ministry official and a medical source
And in Al-Amil in south Baghdad, a magnetic "sticky
bomb" wounded a police captain, while a roadside bomb wounded three more
police in Taji, north of the capital, the ministry official and medical sources
The violence came a day after the United Nations said April
was the deadliest month for Iraq in almost five years.
While violence has fallen from its peak at the height of the
sectarian conflict in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, attacks remain common.