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Iraq: Four killed in Baghdad blasts


Three separate attacks on Sunday in central Iraq have killed at least four people and wounded 14, officials said.

The deadliest was in the Husseiniya area northeast of Baghdad, where three roadside bombs went off simultaneously, killing three civilians, a police officer said. He said 11 others, including three policemen, were wounded.

Another police officer said a soldier was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded in the northern Utaifiya neighborhood of Baghdad.

Two health officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information to reporters.

The explosions hit as Iraq’s health ministry on Saturday announced that militant attacks killed 136 Iraqis in February.

The figures showed 88 civilians, 22 soldiers and 26 policemen were killed last month. A further 228 people were wounded. In January, the death toll was 177.

Authorities said 33 militants were killed by security forces in February.

The worst day of violence was on the eighth of the month, when a series of car bombs killed at least 34 people in attacks claimed by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq.

Last year, a total of 4,471 civilians died in what rights group Iraq Body Count described as a "low-level war" with insurgents – the first annual climb in the death toll in three years.

(AP, Reuters)

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