Female suicide bomber thwarted

Posted by Nick Dutton -

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi military says a female suicide bomber has been foiled by Iraqi guards northeast of Baghdad.

Military officials say the guards opened fire as she approached their headquarters, triggering her explosive belt. One guard was reportedly wounded.

The U.S. military says there have been more than 20 female suicide bombers in Iraq so far this year, compared to eight last year. Officials say a female suicide bomber killed at least 15 people in Baqouba (bah-KOO'-bah) a week ago, and wounded more than 40 others.

Elsewhere today, a truck bomb north of Baghdad reportedly killed seven people, 6 of them policemen. Police say it was detonated by remote control.

And in eastern Baghdad, local police say the head of Basra's intelligence department was killed in a drive-by shooting.

The Associated Press contributed this report.