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Iraq: Six killed in attacks in northern Iraq


BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least six people were killed, including two would-be suicide bombers, in two attacks in the Iraqi provinces of Nineveh and Salahudin on Saturday morning, police sources said.

The deadliest attack occurred Nineveh when two men approached the house of a commander of the rapid reaction police force in the town of Tal Afar, some 70 km west of the provincial capital city of Mosul, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The guards of the commander's house opened fire at the two, who apparently wearing explosive vests, killing one of them and blowing up the vest of the other, the source said.

The huge blast killed two policemen and an off-duty Iraqi army Colonel nearby, the source said, adding that the commander, who apparently was the target of the two attackers, escaped the attack unharmed.

Nineveh province has long been a stronghold for insurgent groups, including al-Qaida militants. Its capital city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, is one of the country's most restive cities.

In Salahudin province, a judge named Ahmed al-Baiyati was killed and his son wounded when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated in the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 200 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

The ethnically mixed city of Tuz-Khurmato is part of disputed areas claimed both by the autonomous region of Kurdistan and Baghdad central government.

Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

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