Five police killed in twin Baghdad blasts

TWIN roadside bomb blasts in east Baghdad killed five policemen and wounded seven other people, an Iraqi interior ministry official said.

The explosions targeted a police patrol in the Ghadeer neighbourhood, the official said, on condition of anonymity. Of the seven injured, three were police and the others civilians.

Saturday’s violence comes after al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq threatened a campaign of 100 attacks, starting mid-August, to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden in a US special forces raid in Pakistan on May 4.

Violence is down across Iraq from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common.

A total of 259 people were killed in violence in Iraq in July, according to official figures, the second-highest figure in 2011.

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