Police general killed as Iraq forces advance in Baiji

An Iraqi military truck drives past buildings destroyed by fighting with Islamic State group militants, on a road outside of Tikrit on September 3, 2014A suicide bomber killed a senior Iraqi police officer in Baiji on Friday as security forces regained ground from jihadists in the strategic northern town, officials said. The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged tanker truck at a checkpoint in the Al-Sinai area which officers had said was retaken more than a week before, killing Major General Faisal Ahmed and wounding nine more police. Three other suicide bombers driving military trucks failed to find targets in the same area, officials added. The bombing came after a senior officer told AFP that government forces now hold “more than 70 percent” of the town — including neighbourhoods in the south, east and north — and were battling to capture the rest.

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