Suicide bomber kills senior Iraqi army officer, guards

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed a

senior Iraqi army intelligence officer and three bodyguards on

Saturday when he detonated his explosives at the officer's home

in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

Iraq has seen an increase in suicide bombings since the

start of the year as Sunni Islamist insurgents tied to al Qaeda

try to ignite the kind of sectarian violence that pushed the

country close to civil war in 2006-2007.

(Reporting by Sufyan Mashhadani; writing by Patrick Markey)