A soldier stands in walled exercise grounds in a former military camp near Baghdad's International Airport
A US Army soldier stands in walled exercise grounds in a former military camp near Baghdad's International Airport in 2011. An alleged Al-Qaeda inmate in a Baghdad prison detonated explosives in an attempted suicide bombing on Wednesday, wounding four people and badly injuring himself, officials and a prisoner said. © Ali al-Saadi - AFP
A soldier stands in  walled exercise grounds in a former military camp near Baghdad's International Airport
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Last updated: December 12, 2012

Iraqi Qaeda inmate in prison suicide bomb bid

Attacks killed five Iraqi security personnel and an academic on Wednesday, while a convicted Al-Qaeda inmate detonated explosives in a Baghdad prison in an attempted suicide bombing, officials said.

Gunmen killed four police near Fallujah, west of Baghdad, a police captain and a medical source said, while gunmen in Mahmudiyah, south of the capital, shot intelligence service Captain Muntasser Abdul Rizzaq, according to an interior ministry official.

A doctor said Rizzaq later died in Mahmudiyah Hospital.

And a magnetic "sticky bomb" killed a department head in the College of Agriculture on the Tikrit University campus, a police lieutenant colonel and a doctor said.

An inmate belonging to Al-Qaeda blew himself up in the prison in central Baghdad, wounding three guards and a fellow prisoner, the interior ministry official said.

"The prisoner was able to gather the explosives over a number of days" and apparently formed them into an explosive belt, the official said, without providing details on the source of the explosives.

A police officer confirmed that the bomber survived the blast and was taken to Al-Kindi hospital.

Justice ministry spokesman Haidar al-Saadi said in an emailed statement that the bomber, named as Ahmed Majid Hamid al-Shammari, had been sentenced to death under Iraq's anti-terrorism law, and that he used fuel from cigarette lighters in the attack.

The bombing came a day after prisoners were allowed family visits, Saadi said, without specifying if Shammari's family had visited him, or if it was suspected that materials used in the attack had been smuggled in that way.

Prisons in Iraq are periodically hit by escape attempts, uprisings and other unrest.

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