Iraqi officials say a car bomb targeting a police patrol has killed six people and wounded at least 11 more in a city north of Baghdad.

Police said Thursday the blast took place in central Tikrit, hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein.  They said four police officers were among the dead and several others were wounded.  

Overall violence in Iraq has yet to match the peak reached in 2006 and 2007.  However, insurgents have intensified attacks since inconclusive March elections left the country without a governing coalition.

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

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