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    Iraq suicide bomber kills 7 police outside Baghdad

    BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber tried to ram an explosives-laden truck into a police headquarters outside Baghdad Wednesday morning, killing at least seven policemen and wounding 14, officials said.

    The truck exploded when it hit a concrete blast wall outside the building in the town of al-Salam, a police officer said. The town is about 47 miles northeast of the capital and close to the city of Baqouba, a former Al Qaeda stronghold that has suffered scores of attacks during a nationwide spike in violence in recent months.

    A separate attack in Baghdad’s northern Sab al-Bor neighborhood killed three and wounded 15 others when a bomb went off at an outdoor market, another police officer said. A sniper also killed a policeman at a checkpoint in the capital’s eastern Sadr City neighborhood, police said.

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    In Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib, a bomb hit a patrol of a Sunni militia battling Al Qaeda, killing one and wounding three others, a police officer said.

    Associated Press