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iraq bomb blast1 400BAGHDAD: Attacks against Iraqi security forces, Shias and a small minority killed at least 20 people and wounded 37 on Monday, police and medics said, ahead of the first anniversary of the departure of US forces.


Three gunmen attacked a police checkpoint on the highway west of Tikrit, killing one policeman and wounding three.


A police patrol chased the gunmen, who abandoned their car and then detonated explosives in it, killing four more police and wounding two, a police lieutenant colonel said.


A doctor confirmed the toll.


In the village of Al-Buslaibi, north of Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeting an army patrol killed three soldiers, an army captain and a police lieutenant colonel said.


A car bomb in Khaznah, a village near Mosul in north Iraq populated by the small Shabak minority, killed seven people and wounded 12, while two car bombs near a Shia place of worship, or husseiniyah, killed five and wounded 20 in the northern flashpoint town of Tuz Khurmatu, police officers and doctors said.


Monday's violence comes a day after a string of bombings and a shooting killed 19 people.


Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012


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