Six killed in northern Iraq attacks
At least six people died Friday in separate attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to police sources, dpa reported.
Two soldiers were killed when a group of gunmen attacked their checkpoint in the western al-Nahrouan area in Mosul, 400 kilometres north of Baghdad. Two police officers were slain when armed men opened fire on their checkpoint in the nearby Yermuk area.
One man was killed by gunmen in the western part of Mosul.
In northern Mosul, one civilian was killed and three people wounded in a blast targeting police forces.
Violence in Iraq has declined significantly since its peak in 2006-07, though fear of instability persists as gunmen carry out targeted assaults, especially on security forces.
The Iraqi government is negotiating with Washington over the number of US soldiers who will remain in the country to train Iraqi troops, after the agreed US withdrawal deadline. Nearly 50,000 US soldiers remaining in Iraq are supposed to leave the country by the end of the year, under a deal negotiated in 2008.