Bomber kills Iraqi police chief
A top Iraqi police official and two other officers were killed Thursday in Mosul while inspecting the site of a blast the previous day that killed at dozens of civilians and wounded hundreds of others.
One U.S. and one Iraqi soldier also were wounded in the attack, which happened at 9:30 a.m., according to Iraqi police and American military officials.
Brig. Gen. Salah Mohammed al-Jubouri was the director of police for Ninevah province, the northern Iraqi area that includes Mosul. He was killed by an attacker wearing an explosive vest under an Iraqi police uniform, according to a U.S. military statement.
An Iraqi police official said al-Jubouri and the others were ambushed at the site of the blast, which struck a vacant apartment building and flattened several nearby houses. Iraqi police had just arrived at the scene to check out a tip on a possible weapons cache when the explosion occurred.
The death toll from Wednesday’s blast rose to at least 34 dead and 224 injured, Hisham al-Hamdani, the head of the Ninevah provincial council, told The Associated Press.
While the police were inspecting the area on Thursday, gunmen ambushed the group and sparked a gunfight that lasted some 15 minutes.
As the police were getting into al-Jubouri’s vehicle to leave the scene, the suicide bomber struck, officials said.
Al-Jubouri was taken to an Iraqi army hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Ninevah provincial government has imposed a curfew on the downtown area of Mosul.