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Bomb kills 7 at Iraqi police station

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber drove a fuel-laden truck into a police station in central Iraq on Monday, killing seven police officers, officials said.

The morning attack in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, also wounded more than 30, said Iraqi health official Raed Ibrahim. Qutayba al-Jabouri, a lawmaker from Salahuddin Province, to which Tikrit belongs, also confirmed the event.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack was typical of Al ­Qaeda’s Iraq branch, the ­Islamic State of Iraq.

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The militant Sunni group frequently uses car bombs, suicide bombers, and coordinated blasts to target Shi’ites and those working with the Shi’ite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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Iraqi intelligence officials say that the country’s Al Qaeda branch is strengthening as it takes advantage of chaos in neighboring Syria to smuggle in arms, weapons, and fighters.

On Sunday, seven people were killed in attacks in the capital and in Fallujah, including a mosque preacher who was gunned down outside a sweets shop.

Police said assailants killed the preacher, Sheik Talib Zuwayid of the al-Baraa mosque in Fallujah, along with his nephew and another man. A health official confirmed the deaths and said another man was injured.

In the Iraqi capital on Sunday, two explosions killed four people and wounded 14.

Associated Press