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Iraq Attacks Kill 12 As Vote Count Goes on

Blast in Damascus

Bombings and shootings killed at least 12 people in Iraq Violence in Iraqon Wednesday, most of them police or soldiers, as the count drags on from an April 30 general election.

The deaths came a day after attacks, including nine car bombs in Baghdad, killed 42 people, the latest in a protracted surge of violence that has killed more than 3,300 people already this year, according to an AFP tally.

The deadliest attacks were in Tikrit and Balad, in Salaheddin province north of the capital, where five policemen and a soldier were killed in separate shootings.

In Nineveh province in the north, four bombings left a policeman and a soldier dead.

In Baghdad, attacks killed two civilians, while in Jurf al-Sakhr to its south a roadside bomb killed two soldiers.

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