Senior Iraqi intelligence officer killed in Mosul attack

Monday 18 February 2013 12.45
Iraq has seen an increase in suicide bombings since the start of the year
Iraq has seen an increase in suicide bombings since the start of the year

A senior Iraqi army intelligence officer and three bodyguards have been killed in a suicide bombing near the northern city of Mosul.

Two bombers attacked the home of Brigadier-General Awni Ali, the director of the defence ministry's intelligence school, in Tal Afar town.

A local official said one suicide bomber was killed by guards, but when the general and his bodyguards went outside, a second suicide bomber detonated his explosives.

Iraq has seen an increase in suicide bombings since the start of the year.

Sunni Islamist insurgents tied to al-Qaeda are trying to ignite the kind of sectarian violence that pushed the country close to civil war in 2006-2007.

Keywords: iraq, mosul
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