26 killed in fresh bout of violence across Iraq

At least 26 Iraqis, including 15 policemen, were killed and 60 others injured in acts of violence across the country within the past 24 hours, according to security and medical sources.

At least 26 Iraqis, including 15 policemen, were killed and 60 others injured in acts of violence across the country within the past 24 hours, according to security and medical sources.

BAGHDAD – At least 26 Iraqis, including 15 policemen, were killed and 60 others injured in acts of violence across the country within the past 24 hours, according to security and medical sources.

In the northern province of Saladin, two policemen were killed and 17 others injured on Tuesday when three booby-trapped cars went off near the policemen's homes in the provincial capital Tikrit, a security source said.

Four more policemen were killed and six injured in the north of Tikrit late Monday in clashes with unidentified gunmen who had tried to storm a local police station before fleeing the scene, he added.

In the adjacent province of Kirkuk, two policemen were killed late Monday in an attack on their police vehicle in the Al-Rashad district, said the source.

A bombing in southwestern Kirkuk the same day also claimed the lives of two civilians and wounded six others, he added.

According to the security source, another Monday bombing left 20 civilians injured.

In the violence-wracked, western province of Anbar, sources said a militant detonated his explosive-laden car near a military convoy in Ramadi, the provincial capital, leaving two soldiers injured.

Five civilians were also injured in army shelling on Fallujah, another key city in Anbar, according to medical sources.

Five soldiers were killed in clashes with armed tribesmen near Ramadi hospital late on Monday, added the sources.

A similar confrontation in the provincial capital left two soldiers and four militants dead, a security source said.

Three separate attacks were reported in the northern province of Ninawa, leaving four people dead.

Recent months have witnessed an uptick in violence across Iraq. Although most attacks go unclaimed, Iraqi authorities usually point the finger at Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

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