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Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 19

by The Associated Press on April 21, 2014 10:09 AM

BAGHDAD — Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded 36 today, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliament elections later this month.

In one suicide attack, the bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint in the town of Suwayrah, killing 12 people — five policemen and seven civilians. A police officer said the explosion in Suwayrah, located about 25 miles south of Baghdad, also wounded 19 people.

In the nearby town of Madain, about 14 miles southeast of Baghdad, another suicide car bomber struck an army checkpoint, killing three soldiers and two civilians, a second police officer said.

Twelve other people were wounded in that attack, he said.

An Iraqi soldier was killed and three were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their patrol in the northern town of Mishahda, 20 miles north of Baghdad, a police officer said. And in the town of Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, gunmen in speeding car went on a shooting spree, killing one civilian and wounding two, a police officer said.

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