Suicide car bomber kills 7 in Mosul

June 2, 2008 11:24:45 AM PDT
An Iraqi police officer says at least seven people have been killed and 25 wounded in a suicide car bombing targeting police in the northern city of Mosul. The officer says the attacker detonated the explosive-laden car Monday after approaching the checkpoint at the provincial police headquarters in the city's main commercial district.

He says three policemen and four civilians were killed. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information.

The U.S. military has called Mosul the last urban stronghold of al-Qaida in Iraq. U.S. and Iraqi forces have been conducting sweeping operations in recent weeks to clear the area.