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Bombs kill 15 in Iraq

TWO bomb attacks in volatile parts of northern Iraq killed at least 15 people yesterday and wounded more than 30, police said, interrupting a relatively peaceful start to the Ramadan fast.
In one attack, a suicide car bomber killed at least nine people, including four police, and wounded 11 others at a police station in the town of Shirqat, 300 kilometers north of Baghdad, in Salahuddin province.
The blast, at about 8am, destroyed many shops in the area, a police source in Shirqat said, warning the death toll may rise.
The other bombing killed six people and wounded 20 in the town of Sinjar, 390 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, which is home to Yazidis, members of a pre-Islamic Kurdish sect.
At least 21 people were killed in two suicide attacks in Sinjar earlier this month, part of a wave of violence that has hit ethnically and religiously mixed northern Nineveh province.
Iraq is struggling to recover from years of sectarian slaughter and an insurgency triggered by the 2003 US-led invasion.


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