Middle East

Police targeted in series of Iraq attacks

Friends and relatives mourn as they carry the coffin of Ali Saleh, 25, during his funeral procession in Baghdad, Iraq
Image caption There has been an increase in violence in Iraq in recent weeks

At least 13 people have been killed in a series of attacks across Iraq - in Basra, Falluja and Baghdad.

In the southern city of Basra, a bomber blew himself up near a Shia mosque, killing three and wounding 50 others.

Two bomb attacks shook Falluja, west of Baghdad, with several police and army officials killed.

In the capital, a car bomb killed one passer-by and wounded 17 others people as an Iraqi army convoy drove through a Shia neighbourhood.

The blast in Basra, 260 miles (420km) south of the capital, set fire to nearby cars and shops, a police officer at the scene told Reuters.

In Falluja, a suicide car bomber targeted a police checkpoint, killing four police officers and wounding five others. Later, three Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb blew up near their patrol.

Separate incidents were also reported in the town of Garma, north-west of the capital, when three policemen died and five were wounded in two explosions, and in Mosul, when a soldier was killed by a roadside bomb.

In Karmah, west of Baghdad, gunmen attacked a police station, AP reported. After exchanging gunfire, a car bomb exploded near the police station, killing five officers, said the agency.

There has been a recent flurry of violence across Iraq, although it is much reduced since a peak in 2006-2007.