BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a series of attacks across the country have killed 16 people today.
Police say the wave began with a roadside bomb in a commercial street in the northern city of Tikrit (tih-KREET'). Minutes later, a car bomb struck policemen who had arrived to inspect the site of the first blast. The officials say five policemen and two civilians were killed and 18 people were wounded in the bombings. Tikrit is 80 miles north of Baghdad.
Other attacks targeted police and security checkpoints in various parts of the country. The Iraqi security forces are a favorite target for Sunni insurgents trying to undermine the Shiite-led government.
In a separate incident, a Kurdish officer in the Iraqi president's guard is alleged to have shot dead the head of a local radio station during a quarrel near the leader's Baghdad residence.