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Nine Killed in Iraq Attacks


Gunmen and suicide bombers across Iraq killed at least nine people Thursday.

The deadliest attack was at a police checkpoint in western Mosul, where a suicide bomber blew himself up and killed four police officers. Four policeman were wounded in that attack.

In another part of Mosul, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives near the main gate of an army base. The blasts killed one soldier and wounded five others.

In the capital, Baghdad, explosions from two roadside bombs killed two police officers and wounded eight others.

Meanwhile, gunmen stormed a home in Diyala province, killing two brothers who were anti-al-Qaida militiamen.

Security forces prevented one attempted attack in Tal Afar, west of Mosul. Security forces shot a man as he tried to detonate his car bomb near a public market.

Iraq has been hit by a wave of violence since the nation's parliamentary elections in March failed to yield a clear winner. Bomb attacks in recent days have killed more than 35 people.

Some officials fear insurgents may be taking advantage of the country's political deadlock to try to derail recent security gains.

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

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