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Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:18PM
Residents gather at the site of a car bomb explosion in Sadr City, northeastern Baghdad, on August 17, 2012. (File photo)

Residents gather at the site of a car bomb explosion in Sadr City, northeastern Baghdad, on August 17, 2012. (File photo)

Iraqi security and medical officials say at least ten people, among them three soldiers and two policemen, have been killed in a series of attacks across the country. Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Jerefi said three soldiers were killed and two others wounded near the town of Garma, located 30 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of the capital Baghdad, on Sunday when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) struck their patrol. In another attack, two policemen were killed and another wounded when gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint in Ur, located 380 kilometers (235 miles) south of Baghdad. Separately, assailants armed with silencer-equipped pistols shot dead three security guards in Baghdad's district of Zayuna. Authorities also found two dead bodies in the northern province of Kirkuk. They said both victims were killed by gunfire earlier on Sunday. One of the bodies was of a generator operator, while another was of an unidentified woman. Meanwhile, a cleric was wounded in a gunfire attack at the Al-Wathak intersection in central Baghdad. The latest fatalities took to 254 the number of people killed in Iraq violence so far in August, according to an AFP tally. Late on Saturday, three soldiers were wounded by an IED north of Baqouba city, located 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Baghdad. MP/JR
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