Four policemen killed in Baghdad clashes: officials

Baghdad (ANTARA News/AFP) - A fierce gunbattle in a Sunni neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital on Saturday saw four policemen killed and 10 people wounded, including eight police, said an interior ministry official.

The clashes broke out about 2:00 am (2300 GMT) in Saidiyah, a stronghold of Al-Qaeda in southern Baghdad during the worst years of Iraq`s insurgency after the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

They occurred after a man whose car was stolen traced it to a nearby house and informed the police who came under fire when they arrived, the official said.

"There was an exchange of fire from 2:00 am until dawn and four policemen were killed," he said. "Ten people, including eight policemen, were injured."

One wounded policemen who spoke to AFP from Yarmuk hospital in western Baghdad said a car bomb, a homemade bomb, a grenade, a silenced pistol and a rocket-propelled grenade were recovered during the clashes

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