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Three soldiers killed in attacks in Iraq

(Xinhua)

16:22, August 22, 2011

BAGHDAD, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and six people wounded in bomb and gunfire attacks in Baghdad and Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the police said on Monday.

In Baghdad, a soldier was killed and another injured early in the morning when gunmen using silenced weapons attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad northeastern district of al-Benoug, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Separately, two people were wounded when a roadside bomb ripped through Baghdad's western district of al-Adil, the source said.

In northern Iraq, an Iraqi army officer and a soldier were killed late on Sunday when a booby-trapped car struck their patrol in al-Ghabat area in northern the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Three passers-by were also wounded by the blast, the source said.

Violence and sporadic attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the past few years.

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