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FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, January 13

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:31 GMT
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Jan 13 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1300 GMT on Friday.

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* KIRKUK - Two car bombs targeting police officers' houses blew up separately and wounded at least 15 people in the oil city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, local officials said.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden car outside one local police commander's home in the north of the city, killing himself and wounding two more people, and a parked car bomb exploded near another commander's home in the city centre, wounding 13 people. Two hospital sources and another police source said the two bombs wounded 22 people.

* KIRKUK - A sticky bomb attached to a three-wheeled motor-bike killed the driver in central Kirkuk, police said.

MOSUL - An insurgent detonated an explosive vest, wounding two policemen, when police tried to storm a house in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Major General Mehdi al-Gharrawi, the commander of the police in Mosul, said police killed two insurgents before the third blew himself up.

HAMMAM AL-ALIL - A roadside bomb killed a policeman and wounded another when it went off near a police patrol in Hammam al-Alil, 330 km (200 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - A roadside bomb blew up and wounded three soldiers in central Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

KHANAQIN - Police said they found the body of a man who had been shot in the head and chest, in western Khanaqin, 140 km (100 miles) northeast of Baghdad. (Compiled by Baghdad bureau)

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