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At Least 27 Dead After Series of Bombings in Iraq

Bloodstains are seen on the ground near damaged vehicles at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, May 19, 2011

A series of bombings, apparently targeting police officers, has killed at least 27 people and injured 69 in the northern city of Kirkuk.

The deaths resulted from a pair of bombings that took place near a police headquarters on Thursday. Police officials say the first bomb went off in the building's parking lot, and then a nearby car exploded a few minutes later as police officers rushed to the scene.

Authorities say less than an hour later, at least eight other security officers were wounded in another incident. Police say a bomb exploded near a police convoy in the city.

This is the second time this month Iraqi police have been the target of bombings.

Kirkuk is located about 250 kilometers north of Baghdad.

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

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