Suicide blast kills five in Basra Iraq

BAGHDAD: Five policemen were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into the gates of a police building in southern Iraq, police and hospital officials said.

The officials said 18 people were also injured in the Monday morning attack in the city of Basra.

A Basra police official said the bomber crashed through the gate and made it a few yards into the compound before blowing up the car.

The attack occurred during the morning rush hour. Basra is 340 miles southeast of Baghdad.

The city is becoming the hub for Iraq’s burgeoning oil industry, and suicide bombings like Monday’s are rare.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.