According to Iraqi police officials, a senior army intelligence officer along with three of his bodyguards were killed in a suicide attack in the north of the country.
The officials further added that the attacker is believed to have detonated his explosives belt near the officer’s home. The incident reportedly took place near the house of Iraq intelligence academy chief Ali Aouni in Tal Afar.
Violence in Iraq has been rampant during the recent months where a a series of deadly attacks in Iraqi cities have left scores of people dead since the beginning of the year.
No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident however Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaeda have been blamed for much of the recent violence.
Attacks are still common in Iraq despite sectarian violence has decreased in the country since the height of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007.
At least 33 people were killed and around 100 others were injured following a series of car bomb blasts in mainly Shia areas of Iraq earlier this month.