At least one Iraqi policeman was killed and another five injured - including two members of the Polish peacekeeping forces - on 12 December in two separate roadside bombings in Iraq. 'We can confirm an attack against coalition forces,' said spokesman for the multinational peacekeeping forces in Iraq. 'There was an explosion from an improvised explosive device and one Polish soldier is seriously wounded and one lightly wounded,' he said. Both soldiers are believed to be members of the explosives ordnance disposal team. The incident took place on a main road north of Hilla, some 100 kilometres from Baghdad. A local leader blamed the attack on Wahabi militants in the area. 'They have no political or moral sense,' said the governor of the neighbouring town Mahwil, Wafi al-Shumari. 'Their only aim is to create obstacles against reconstruction.'
In a separate incident south of Baghdad, two Iraqi policeman died and another was injured when a bomb exploded, missing its target of a US convoy by some 200 metres. Two civilians were also wounded in the incident, said a local police officer.