Baghdad: Separate bomb and gun attacks on Saturday killed five Iraqi policemen and a doctor and wounded 17 other people in Baghdad, Baquba north of the capital, and Kirkuk, security officials said.
   
In Baghdad's western Mansur district, a roadside bomb killed two policemen, including a captain, an interior ministry official said. Eight people were also wounded, among them are four policemen, he said.
   
"The explosion happened when the police went to check on an earlier explosion outside a liquor shop which had inflicted no casualties," the official said.
   
Liquor stores are frequent targets of insurgents, attacked because they are usually owned by Christians, and because drinking alcohol is forbidden by Islam.
   
In Baquba 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Baghdad, gunmen sprayed policemen guarding the compound of a Turkish company involved in a garbage collection project, killing three and wounding one, a security official said.
   
All the gunmen fled, leaving behind a vehicle that exploded shortly afterwards, wounding eight people, including a woman, the official said.
   
In the oil city of Kirkuk, 240 kilometres north of the capital, police said a paediatrician was killed in his car.
   
They said Ibrahim Shaeer Jabbar al-Jumaili, 55, who also teaches medicine at the university, was murdered after he resisted attempts by four people to kidnap him.
   
An official with the security services said there have been at least 45 abductions in Kirkuk since the start of the year, with most victims coming from well-to-do families.
   
In mid-July another paediatrician Safi Harzan, 48, was freed after his family paid a half-million-dollar ransom.
   
June was the deadliest month in Iraq so far this year, with 271 people killed in attacks including 155 civilians, 77 policemen and 39 soldiers, according to a government count.

(Agencies)