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Seven Iraqi security troops were killed late Saturday in two separate attacks in the northern province of Saladin, police officials said.
"Unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle carrying five army troops in northern Tikrit and killed them all," Police Captain Omar al-Jabouri told Anadolu Agency.
Elsewhere in the province, militants opened fire at a police checkpoint in western Samarra, leaving two policemen dead, a security source, who asked to remain anonymous, told AA.
Four Iraqi policemen were killed and eight others injured when a militant drove his explosive-laden vehicle into their checkpoint in the northern province of Kirkuk, a police official said Sunday.
"An explosive-packed car blew up at a police checkpoint in Qara Gukh district, killing four policemen and injuring eight others," police official Abdullah al-Salhi told Anadolu Agency.
A police force cordoned off the blast site while the injured were moved to hospital for treatment, he added.
The restive Kirkuk province is disputed between the Baghdad government and the Kurdish-run Irbil administration in northern Iraq. It routinely witnesses attacks on security forces and civilians, as well as intertribal violence.
No claim of responsibility for the two attacks has been made yet. Iraqi authorities, however, usually point fingers of accusation at militant groups in the country, including Al-Qaeda.
Recent months have seen an uptick in violence across Iraq.Last Mod: 13 Nisan 2014, 13:00