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Suicide blasts rock police HQ in central Iraq

At least three suicide bombings struck a police headquarters in the restive central Iraqi city of Baquba on Sunday, killing three policemen, security and medical officials said. The blasts went off at about 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) and were followed by clashes in the surrounding area of Mafreq, with officials warning the casualty toll could rise as medical teams did not have full access to the sites. An initial car bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber outside the headquarters of a police battalion in Mafreq, and in the ensuing chaos, another suicide bomber blew himself up.

Suicide bomber attacks primary school in Iraq, kills 15

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into the playground of a primary school in northern Iraq and blew himself up, killing 14 students and their headmaster on Sunday, police and medical sources said. The attack followed a suicide bombing minutes earlier on a police station in the same town, Tel Afar, about 70 km (45 miles) northwest of Mosul city, where Sunni Islamist and other insurgents have a foothold. There were no casualties in the police station attack.

Blasts kill senior Iraq intel officer, four others

Back-to-back suicide bombings in northern Iraq killed the head of the country's intelligence academy and two of his guards on Saturday, officials said, in the latest in a surge in nationwide violence. The blasts, the deadliest in a series of bombings that left five people dead across Iraq, come as the country grapples with nearly two months of anti-government protests and a political crisis.

Blasts kill senior Iraq intel officer, four others

Two suicide bombers killed a senior Iraqi intelligence officer and two guards near the main northern city of Mosul on Saturday, while other blasts left two more people dead, officials said. The attacks were the latest in a surge in violence that comes as Iraq grapples with nearly two months of anti-government protests and a political crisis. Brigadier General Aouni Ali, who headed the country's main intelligence academy, and two of his guards were killed outside the officer's home in Tal Afar near Mosul, police and a doctor said.

Suicide attack kills senior Iraq intel officer: officials

A suicide attack on Saturday killed a senior Iraqi intelligence officer outside his home near the main northern city of Mosul, officials said. Brigadier General Aouni Ali, the head of Iraq's main intelligence academy, and two of his guards were killed in the bomb blast in Tal Afar, near Mosul, police and a doctor said. The suicide bomb was one of a spate of bombings nationwide that left five dead, the latest in an uptick in violence that comes as the country grapples with nearly two months of anti-government protests and a political crisis.
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