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Seven Iraqi Police Killed In Suicide Bomb Attack


Iraqi police say at least seven police officers have been killed and 30 others wounded in a suicide bombing attack at a police station northeast of Baghdad.

Security officials say the attack occurred Sunday in Muqdadiyah, 90 kilometers from the capital. They say the police station also came under what appeared to be mortar attacks.

Iraqi officials say fighting between security forces and militias loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr killed at least four police officers Saturday in the mainly Shi'ite southern city of Samawa. They say the clashes continued Sunday, and a curfew was in place in the city.

Iraqi police and army are frequently targeted by insurgents.

President Bush and his national security advisors met Saturday at the president's Camp David retreat outside Washington, as the president prepares to announce a fresh strategy for reducing sectarian violence in Iraq.

New Defense Secretary Robert Gates briefed the president on his three-day visit to Baghdad.

The White House declined to disclose details of the meeting. But spokesman Blain Rethmeier said Mr. Bush is "leaving all options on the table" regarding his new plan for Iraq.

The president is expected to announce his new Iraq strategy in January.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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