By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
The Associated Press
Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir, police commander of the oil-rich city of
Another parked car bomb went off in a residential area in the same city and wounded five civilians, he added.
A third car bomb struck a passing police patrol near
Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, is home to a combustible mix of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Turkomen who all claim rights to the city.
Earlier, gunmen in a speeding car attacked an Iraqi army check point in the city of
Meanwhile, police said gunmen fatally shot two brothers who are members of the anti-al-Qaida group known as Sahwa, after breaking into their house in
The Sahwa are Sunni Arabs who joined forces with
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
The attacks came as the U.N. envoy on
Violence is down from 2006-2008 when Iraq seemed close to civil war, but deadly attacks still take place almost daily.