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    More Than 50 Killed as Iraq's Security Forces Vote in Election

    An Iraqi policeman inspects the site of a suicide attack at a polling center in Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, April 28, 2014.
    An Iraqi policeman inspects the site of a suicide attack at a polling center in Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, April 28, 2014.
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    More than 50 people were killed in a series of suicide bombings as members of Iraq's security forces began voting in the country's first election since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in late 2011.

    Attackers wearing police uniforms struck polling centers around Baghdad and north of the city, while roadside bombs targeted military and police convoys, leaving dozens injured.

    In the deadliest attack, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive at a Kurdish political gathering in the town of Khanaqin, northeast of the capital, killing 30 people, and leaving more than 50 others wounded. The group was watching video of ailing Iraqi President Jalal Talabani cast his vote in Germany where he has been undergoing medical treatment.

    No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni militant groups have previously targeted security forces and members of the nation's Shi'ite majority.

    ​Early voting began Monday for those unable to cast their votes in Wednesday's
    An Iraqi policeman casts his vote into a ballot box during early voting for the parliamentary election in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, April 28, 2014.An Iraqi policeman casts his vote into a ballot box during early voting for the parliamentary election in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, April 28, 2014.
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    An Iraqi policeman casts his vote into a ballot box during early voting for the parliamentary election in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, April 28, 2014.
    An Iraqi policeman casts his vote into a ballot box during early voting for the parliamentary election in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, April 28, 2014.
    parliamentary elections, including security forces, hospital and prison staff, as well as patients and inmates.  

    Analysts say voters will likely cast ballots along sectarian and ethnic lines with no single party expected to win a majority.
    Some information for this report contributed by Reuters.

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    by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
    April 28, 2014 10:44 PM
    This is the act of Al Qaida Subsidiary.These are uneducated,mean type group very well supported with Finance and Weapons by Saudi Arabia. SA wants the same type of old system which they have adopted by FORCE in SA.Their main aim no education and freedom of peoples. In SA there is no freedom of girls to drive car,go to grave yards even for their parents. No Church and other faith religious institutions. I been to UAE which is also Islamic state, I saw Church,Gurdwara,Temple and other religious institutions. SA against freedom of expression, that is why they want the same type of system by force in other places with the back up of Oil Income for non constructive work and not for constructive work.

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