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IS gun, suicide bomb attacks kill 12 in Iraq's Tikrit

Tikrit, located 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Baghdad, was the second city to fall to IS in 2014 as the jihadists swept through large areas north and west of the capitalMilitants killed 12 people in gun and bomb attacks on Saturday in the northern city of Tikrit, police said, with the Islamic State group later claiming responsibility for the violence. IS seized Tikrit in June 2014, but the city has largely been spared the attacks that have plagued other parts of the country since its recapture last year. Police officers said that militants shot dead four security personnel at a checkpoint on the west side of the city, then continued north and detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at another checkpoint, killing eight more people.

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