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Blasts Reported, Police Killed In Iraq

14 April 2005 -- News agencies are reporting that there were two powerful explosions in Baghdad today, one day after a series of car-bomb explosions in the capital killed five Iraqis and wounded four Americans.

It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in today's blasts, which reportedly occurred near the heavily fortified Green Zone that is the headquarters of the Iraqi government and home to the U.S. Embassy.

In northern Iraq, there are reports that armed men attacked a newly opened police station in Kirkuk and killed three policemen. Yesterday, 12 Iraqi soldiers guarding oil fields north of Kirkuk were killed while trying to defuse a bomb near a pipeline.

In Tikrit, the U.S. military says a car bomb exploded outside a U.S. military installation and injured nine civilians.

(news agencies)

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