ATTACK

Bomber Kills 19 in Iraq

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Iraqis inspect the site of a blast in the southern Baghdad neighbourhood of Saidiya on January 27, 2012. Peace was interrupted again Sunday when a suicide car bomber killed at least 12 people at a checkpoint near a police training academy in Baghdad.

After a period of relative calm in Baghdad, peace was interrupted Sunday when a suicide car bomber killed at least 19 people at a checkpoint near a police training academy Sunday. A political crisis pitting Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against senior members of the Sunni opposition is creating tensions on the streets of Iraq, and on Thursday a panel of judges said 150 attacks were carried out by death squads under the command of Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi.