Nine Iraqi Cops Killed in Ambush

Nine Iraqi policemen returning from a training course in Jordan were ambushed and killed on their way home to Karbala (search), police said Sunday.

The bus they were traveling in was attacked Saturday in the insurgent hotbed of Latifiyah (search), 25 miles south of Baghdad, said Karbala police spokesman Abdul-Rahman Mishawi.

He said the attackers escaped.

Insurgents have repeatedly attacked Iraqi security forces in an attempt to destabilize and hamper reconstruction.

Hundreds of police have been killed by mortars, roadside bombs, and car bombers in recent months.