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Election worker, policeman killed in attack in western Iraq


08:40, June 21, 2013

BAGHDAD, June 20 (Xinhua) -- An election worker and a policeman were killed and three others wounded in an attack against a vote- counting centre in western Iraq on Thursday, a police source said.

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Thursday evening in Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi, some 100 km west of the capital Baghdad, killing an employee of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission and a policeman and wounding three people, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Iraq held provincial elections on Thursday in Anbar and Nineveh, the two Sunni-dominated provinces where elections were previously delayed for security concerns.

Up to 2.8 million eligible voters flocked to 716 polling centers in the two provinces to elect their leaders out of 637 candidates in Nineveh and 548 in Anbar, who contest for Nineveh's 39 provincial council seats and Anbar's 30 seats.

The polls were carried out under tight security measures, as Iraqi security forces spread into the cities of the provinces of Anbar in western Iraq and Nineveh in the north. The troops cordoned off polling centers and imposed a traffic ban on vehicles.

By midday, the traffic ban was lifted in order to make it easier for voters to go to polling centers, particularly the elderly ones.

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