Iraq militants ‘killed by own bomb’
At least 21 insurgents have been killed in central Iraq after a car bomb was detonated accidentally, officials say.
The explosion occurred in the early afternoon on a desert road, about 20km (12 miles) from the city of Samarra, security sources told the BBC.
The explosives-filled vehicle was being escorted from the insurgents’ compound to a main road when it blew up.
The area around the mainly Sunni city of Samarra, in Salah al-Din province, has long been an insurgent stronghold.
Meanwhile, a police officer told the Associated Press that security forces rushed to the area after hearing the sound of the explosion and arrested 12 wounded and another 10 suspected insurgents trying to flee.
In a separate development, the speaker of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi – Iraq’s most senior Sunni Arab politician – survived an assassination attempt in the northern city of Mosul, officials told AFP.