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Iraq bombings leave 11 dead

A suicide bomber strikes a checkpoint in Ramadi, killing six. Five other people are killed in a Baghdad blast.

July 16, 2009|Associated Press

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber killed six people in an attack Wednesday in a former insurgent stronghold in Iraq's western province of Anbar, police said. A Baghdad bombing killed five other people.

The bomber in Ramadi struck a checkpoint of Iraqi soldiers and police, killing a policeman and five civilians, a local police officer said.

On Wednesday evening, a bomb in Baghdad's Sadr City district killed five people and injured 23 others, all of them men, said a police officer and a hospital official speaking on condition of anonymity.

The attacks, coming two weeks after the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities, highlighted the security challenges still facing Iraq despite a sharp drop in violence.

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