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Iraqi Governor Escapes Assassination Attempt

An Iraqi police officer inspects one of the cars from the convoy that was attacked today (epa) November 28, 2006 -- An Iraqi governor survived an assassination attempt today when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the official's convoy.

Police say Kirkuk Governor Abd al-Rahman Mustafa was not harmed. But the blast in the northern city of Kirkuk killed one civilian and wounded at least 12.

Kirkuk's population is a mix of Kurds, Arabs, and ethnic Turkmen . Hundreds have been killed there in sectarian and ethnic fighting in the past few years.

(Reuters, AP)

Sectarian Iraq

Sectarian Iraq

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