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Car Bomb Kills 3 in Northern Iraq

A bomb exploded Tuesday near a Kurdish party's office in northern Iraq, killing at least three Iraqi soldiers.

Reports from Mosul said a car bomb went off close to the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in a city considered one of the last urban strongholds of al-Qaida in Iraq.

In central Baghdad Tuesday, a bomb blast struck a convoy carrying a senior Iraqi official. Major General Ahmed al-Attiya, who heads the nation's customs agency, escaped injury, but three of his security guards were wounded.

Violence has been on the rise in the days leading up to provincial elections this Saturday.

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