BAGHDAD, Iraq – A pair of car bombs exploded near government offices in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing 18 and wounding three dozen, and insurgent attacks against the nation’s nascent security forces left at least eight others dead countrywide, officials said….
Near Kirkuk, seven gunmen riding in two vehicles fired on a police station shortly after dawn Thursday, killing five police officers and one civilian, police Brig. Sarhat Qadir said….
Militant group Ansar al-Sunnah claimed responsibility for the police attack near Kirkuk, saying in an Internet posting that its “knights of Islam” attacked “renegade policemen doing their morning training.” The claim couldn’t be independently verified.
Ansar al-Sunnah also said it had teamed up with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaida in Iraq group for an attack a day earlier in Kirkuk “” an unusual mention of cooperation among Iraq’s disparate and sometimes competing militant groups….