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Attacks in Iraq have killed at least 10 people, including a Sunni candidate in the upcoming provincial elections.

The bloodiest attack on April 14 took place near Mosul in the north. Five policemen were killed when a booby-trapped body left in the street exploded when they approached it.

Hours earlier, Najim al-Harbi was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Diyala Province, north of Baghdad. Two of Harbi's brothers and a bodyguard were killed as well.

Harbi headed the list of the secular-leaning Iraqiya Party in Diyala Province.

His death brings to 14 the number of candidates killed so far.

In the April 20 elections, Iraqis are to choose provincial governing councils.

More than 8,000 candidates are running for nearly 450 seats.

Authorities have delayed voting in two Sunni-dominated provinces amid security concerns.

Thousands of Sunnis have protested since December in western provinces at what they see as their marginalization since the fall of Saddam Hussein and the rise of the country's Shi'ite majority to power since the 2003 invasion.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters