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Roadside bomb kills two government officials in Iraq

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 5:50am

A roadside bomb exploded Tuesday in northern Iraq, killing the head of the local town council and a member of the provincial council, police said.

Qader Ali, head of the Tuz Khurmatu town council, and Rasheed Khorshid, a member of Salaheddin provincial council, were killed, police in Kirkuk and Baghdad said.

The mayor of Tuz Khurmatu, Qassim Shalal Abed, was critically wounded in the blast.

Tuz Khurmatu, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Baghdad, is one of the disputed areas in Iraq. Both the central government and the country's semiautonomous Kurdistan region claim the town.

Separately, a car bomb exploded in al-Rasheed district in southwestern Baghdad, wounding five people. A member of al-Rasheed local council, Sheikh Ammash, was among the injured.  


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