Suicide car bombing, other attacks kill 9 in Iraq

By Sameer N. Yacoub

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Iraqi firefighters hose down a burned car after a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. A parked car bomb went off in front of Iraqi Islamic Bank in Kirkuk, home to a mix of Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen, each of the ethnic groups has competing claims to the oil-rich area, the Kurds want to incorporate it into their self-ruled region in Iraq's north, but Arabs and Turkomen are opposed.

Emad Matti, Associated Press

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BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities say attacks including a suicide car bomb have killed nine people, mainly members of the security forces.

Police officials say the deadliest of Tuesday attacks happened in the evening when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint near the western city of Fallujah, killing four policemen and wounding seven others.

Hours earlier, police said two soldiers were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb near the northern city of Mosul.

Gunmen shot dead an off-duty policeman in a drive-by shooting in northeastern Baghdad, said authorities. Also in Baghdad, a bomb went off at night in a commercial street in the western Jihad district, killing two.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke anonymously as they weren't authorized to release information.

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