Officials: Suicide bomber kills 5 in northern Iraq

Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — A provincial police officer says a suicide attacker drove his explosives-laden car into a police station in northern Iraq, killing five people and wounding 36.

The deputy police chief in the northern city of Kirkuk, Maj. Gen. Torhan Abdul-Rahman Youssef, says the dead in Monday's attack in the town of Dibis included two policemen and three civilians. The town is located near Kirkuk, which is 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

Youssef says some of the wounded in the attack were students from a nearby school.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but suicide bombings are a hallmark of al-Qaida's Iraq branch. Violence has ebbed across Iraq since the peak of the fighting in the last decade, but deadly bombings and shootings still occur almost daily.

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