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Iraq attacks kill 13

Iraqi police gesture to drivers at a checkpoint to the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on February 19, 2013
Iraqi police gesture to drivers at a checkpoint to the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on February 19, 2013. A string of bombings and shootings in Iraq killed 13 people and wounded at least 35 others on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.

A string of bombings and shootings in Iraq killed 13 people and wounded at least 35 others on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.

Two car bombs targeted police in the restive northern city of Kirkuk, killing five and wounding at least 18, while gunmen killed a town council member and a North Oil Company employee south of the city, police and a health official said.

A car bomb exploded near a football field southeast of Baquba, a city north of Baghdad, killing three people and wounding another 17, according to a police colonel and a doctor.

And gunmen attacked a real estate office near Taji, north of Baghdad, killing two people, as others armed with silenced weapons killed an agriculture ministry employee in Saidiyah in southern Baghdad, officials said.

Violence has fallen considerably compared to five years ago, although attacks in Iraq remain common, killing 220 people in February, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical sources.

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