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Attacks on security forces kill 12 in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Bombings and shootings targeting security forces across Iraq killed at least 12 people on Wednesday, officials said, as authorities found the bodies of 16 people killed in an attack overnight on two Shi’ite families south of Baghdad.

The assault on the two families raised the death toll Tuesday in violence across the country to at least 83 people killed.

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The killings come amid a sharp rise in deadly violence in recent months as insurgents try to capitalize on rising sectarian and ethnic tensions. The scale of the bloodshed rose to levels not seen since 2008, a time when Iraq was pulling back from the brink of civil war.

In Wednesday’s attacks, five soldiers were killed and nine wounded when three bombs hit their convoy as they passed through the town of Tarmiyah, about 30 miles north of Baghdad, a police officer said. A suicide bomber also rammed his explosives-laden car into a local police barracks, killing five officers and wounding two civilians, another police officer said.

In Baghdad’s eastern Basmaya district, gunmen with pistols fitted with silencers shot and killed a mechanic and his son, police said.

Overnight Tuesday, gunmen fired on the houses of two Shi’ite families in the town of Latifiyah and then planted bombs around them, a police officer said. Six children, five women, and five men were killed, while nine people were wounded, he said.

Last Wednesday, gunmen shot dead a seven-member Shi’ite family in the same town, 20 miles south of Baghdad.

Medical officials confirmed casualty figures in all attacks.

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