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13 KILLED IN ATTACKS IN IRAQ

Associated Press

BAGHDAD - A series of bombings and shootings around Iraq on Tuesday claimed 13 lives, including those of four police officers, an Iraqi army general and a 9-year-old girl, Iraqi officials said.

While violence has dropped overall across the country, the attacks underline the continued threat to government employees and members of the security forces, who are often targeted by insurgents trying to destabilize the country.

The four police officers were killed when an explosive-laden car detonated next to a police patrol in the town of Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad. A civilian in a nearby vehicle was also killed, and at least seven civilians were wounded in that attack.

A brigadier general with the Iraqi army was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded in Kazimiyah, a primarily Shiite district in northern Baghdad.

In the volatile Diyala province, gunmen killed four members of a Sunni family, including a 9-year-old girl, as family members were walking near their house in the town of Khalis, 50 miles north of Baghdad.

An official with the Baghdad provincial council died when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded as he was driving through a security checkpoint in Hurriyah in northern Baghdad

Outside the town ofBeiji, gunmen opened fire on an oil truck, killing its driver.

In the northern city of Mosul, gunmen broke into a house, killing one woman and wounding two others

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