Gunmen attacked the police headquarters in Samarra (search) on Wednesday, killing an Iraqi policemen and a child who was caught in the cross fire, a police official said.

Maj. Sadoun Ahmed said militants staged a morning attack on the police station in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad (search).

Police returned fire before the attackers fled, leaving one policeman and a child dead, Ahmed said.

Insurgents routinely attack Iraqi security forces for aiding the U.S.-led military occupation. Samarra has been the scene of regular clashes between coalition forces and militants.