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Car Bomb Kills Six In Tikrit

11 January 2005 -- The U.S. military in Iraq says six policemen were killed today when a suspected suicide car bomb exploded at the police headquarters in Tikrit.

In a separate attack today, authorities said at least seven people were killed when militants attacked a minibus on a road in Al-Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad. The director of the town's hospital said the victims were Iraqis.

Guerrillas fighting U.S. forces and the U.S.-backed government have launched almost daily attacks on Iraqi security forces ahead of the country's 30 January elections. Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, is one of the centers of the Sunni insurgency.

Yesterday, armed men in a passing car shot dead Baghdad's deputy police chief and his son. And a suicide attacker detonated a bomb in a fake police car outside a police station in another part of the capital, killing at least four officers.

In the northern city of Mosul yesterday, a roadside bomb killed three Iraqi National Guardsmen during a joint patrol with U.S. troops.


[For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".]