Police: Car bomb kills 4 policemen northern Iraq

April 28, 2011 5:18:42 AM PDT
A police officer says a car bomb explosion has killed a police officer and three of his guards in northern Iraq. Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir says the parked car bomb targeted Lt. Col. Mohammed Muhsin al-Jibouri as he drove by in the northern town of Hawija.

Qadir says the slain officer was traveling in a civilian car with his three guards when the explosive-laden car detonated around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The blast also wounded eight civilian bystanders.

Although violence has ebbed in Iraq since early 2008, insurgents are still capable of launching attacks against Iraqi security forces and government officials.

The Sunni-dominated town of Hawija, once an insurgent stronghold, is located about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of Baghdad.