One policeman was killed and two others were wounded, the colonel said, adding that police killed three attackers wearing explosive belts. Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Assadi told state television that police in Hibhib had thwarted an attempt to free prisoners.
In the northern oil city of Kirkuk, gunmen killed a well-known children's doctor, Ridha Hamza al-Bayati, in front of his home, a security source and Kirkuk health directorate chief Sadiq Omar Rasul said.
In the main northern city of Mosul, two soldiers were killed in an attack on a checkpoint, while a man was shot dead in front of his house, army First Lieutenant Khaled Falayih and Dr Tareq al-Nuaimi said. And a provincial council security official was shot dead in west Baghdad, an interior ministry official and a medical source said. Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007 but attacks remain near-daily occurrences.