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Iraq hit by sectarian violence as elections loom

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Iraq hit by sectarian violence as elections loom


Iraq has been hit by a number of sectarian attacks as the violence intensifies ahead of elections at the end of April.

At least 29 people, mostly members of the security forces, have been killed across the country.

In the north east of Baghdad a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into security checkpoint killing six soldiers and three civilians.

A roadside bomb targeted Sunni deputy Salim al-Jubouri in the capital, the politician escaped but two of his bodyguards were killed with seven others wounded.

No one has claimed responsibility for the carnage, but the violence bears all the hallmarks of an al Qaeda breakaway group, according to authorities.

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