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Checkpoint blasts kill 28 in northern Iraq

Smoke billows from a Iraqi police checkpoint following two bomb attacks on June 9, 2014, in northern town of Tuz KhurmatuKirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) – A roadside bomb followed by a suicide bomber detonating an explosives-rigged truck at a police checkpoint in northern Iraq killed 28 people Monday, while seven people died in other attacks. Militants have launched major operations in five different provinces in recent days, killing scores of people and highlighting both their long reach and the weakness of Iraq’s security forces. Iraq is suffering its worst violence in years, and with none of the myriad problems that contribute to the heightened unrest headed for quick resolutions, the bloodshed is likely to continue unabated. Local official Shallal Abdul Baban said the blasts at the police checkpoint in Tuz Khurmatu killed 28 people, wounded 148 and caused “great destruction”.

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