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Bombings in Baghdad kill 14

Insurgents kill at least 14 people and wounded dozens more in the Iraqi capital, alongside bombings in Mosul.

BAGHDAD // Insurgents killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more in the Iraqi capital today, including seven who lost their lives in a bomb attack on a bus depot, security officials said. A bomb hidden under a car exploded at a Baghdad bus station, killing seven people and wounding 18 others, police and hospital officials said. A security official said a woman was among the dead of the attack in the Shiite-dominated neighbourhood of Mashtal on the Iraqi capital's east side. Also today, one person died when a roadside bomb targeting the convoy of a Shiite government official and former member of the Iraqi Governing Council blew up in central Baghdad. Ahmed Shiyaa al-Barak, who currently serves as the head of a government property commission, escaped the attack without injury.

Five of his guards and four bystanders were injured in the bombing, police said. In the northern city of Mosul, a suicide bomber rammed his car into a passing police patrol, injuring four officers, police said. Two other attacks also took place today in Mosul, which has experienced a spike in violence in recent months. A roadside bomb struck an army patrol, injuring an officer, and a policeman was injured when an unknown gunman opened fire on him.

Elsewhere, the US military said one civilian died on the scene of a road accident with coalition troops near the city of Tikrit, 130km north of the capital. A second Iraqi died after being rushed to an aid station. Iraqi police said an American Humvee ran over four Iraqis while they were trying to hang a banner in the middle of a road, killing two and wounding two others. The Iraqi officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they was not authorized to release information to the media. Violence has dropped in Iraq since the US military and Iraqi security forces have gained the upper hand against insurgents, but scattered attacks still occur almost daily.

* AP and AFP