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Iraq Bombings Kill 4


Iraqi security officials say bombings have killed at least four people and wounded more than 29 others in attacks in several parts of the country.

In the deadliest incident, officials said a suicide car bomber killed three people when he targeted a police patrol in Anbar province, west of the capital, Baghdad Thursday. They said at least one police officer was among those killed.

In Baghdad, police said a bomb attached to a minibus exploded Thursday, killing at least one person and wounding seven others.

Meanwhile in western Iraq, the U.S. military said a civilian cargo aircraft crashed shortly after take-off Thursday with four to six crew members on board.

The military said it does not know the fate of the passengers or the aircraft, which reported a malfunction while traveling near the city of Fallujah.

Also Thursday, officials said a roadside bomb wounded six people at a police patrol in central Baghdad, while a parked car bomb wounded at least 16 others in the northern city of Mosul.

Last month Iraqi and U.S. officials noted that violence had dropped to a four-year low, but attacks have become more frequent in the last two weeks.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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