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Five Killed In Iraq Suicide Attack

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials say a suicide attack northwest of Baghdad killed at least five police officers.

Police say the bomber drove his explosives-laden truck into the concrete blast walls outside police headquarters in the town of al-Salam, about 75 kilometers northeast of Baghdad and close to the city of Baquba.

Baquba and its surroundings saw an increasing number of attacks as part of a nationwide increase in the violence that has gripped Iraq this year.

The level of violence in the country rose sharply after security forces stormed a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq in April. Reports say more than 5,500 people have been killed since April.

With reporting by AP and AFP