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Bombers Strike Checkpoints In Ramadi

Officials in Iraq's conflict-torn Anbar Province say two suicide bombers have blown up vehicles packed with explosives, killing at least five people.

The April 16 attacks targeted two checkpoints outside government facilities in the city of Ramadi.

Officials said the dead included soldiers and police.

Casualties have also been reported in shelling in the nearby city of Fallujah.

Security forces and allied tribes in Anbar have been trying to oust Sunni militants who seized Fallujah and parts of Ramadi around the new year, in a major challenge to the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government.

Violence has flared in Iraq in recent months as the country prepares to hold elections April 30 in which Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is seeking a third consecutive term.
Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and dpa