Iraqi authorities say at least 25 people were killed and many more wounded in two separate suicide bombings in northern Iraq today (Monday).
Officials say the first bombing occurred in Mosul, where a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body among a group of policemen in a hospital compound, killing at least 11 policemen.
In an Internet posting, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq group claimed responsibility for the attack.
And, in Baquba, north of Baghdad, a car bomb exploded outside the main gate of the local police headquarters, killing at least 14 people.
On Sunday, Iraqi officials said gunmen abducted four Egyptians working for a telephone company. And, an Islamist group that has claimed responsibility for kidnapping an Italian journalist threatened to kill her unless Italian troops leave the country.