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Suicide bomber kills nine policemen in north Iraq

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The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a police convoy

KIRKUK, Iraq, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - A suicide bomber killed nine Kurdish police in northern Iraq on Sunday, a district official and a doctor said.

The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a police convoy in the town of Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province, also wounding nine officers, district official Shalal Abdul Baban told AFP.

A doctor and police confirmed the toll.

The town is part of a swathe of northern territory that Iraqi Kurds want to incorporat­e into their three-province autonomous region over the strong objections of the federal government in Baghdad.

Diplomats say the dispute is one of the main threats to Iraq's long-term stability.

Security forces, meanwhile, began a major operation on Sunday in Diyala, Salaheddin and Kirkuk provinces, aimed at tracking down those behind bombings and assassinat­ions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi said.All three provinces have been hit by frequent attacks, including in recent weeks.

 ??  ?? File picture shows Iraqi Kurdish police officers carrying a coffin draped with the Kurdish flag (AFP/File)
File picture shows Iraqi Kurdish police officers carrying a coffin draped with the Kurdish flag (AFP/File)

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