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Ten killed in attacks on polling centres in Iraq

Ten people were killed and 22 injured in attacks on polling centres in Iraq Wednesday, police said.

A roadside bomb detonated outside a polling centre in Maqdadiyah city, some 100 km northeast of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, leaving three people dead and seven wounded, Xinhua reported citing a police source.

In another incident a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at the entrance of a polling station in the city of Baiji, some 220 km north of Baghdad, killing two policemen and injuring seven civilians.

Seven roadside bombs went off separately near several polling stations in Dibis town Wednesday, some 45 km northwest of Kirkuk, killing two civilians and wounding two army officers and a soldier, a police source said.

Five people were wounded in three roadside bomb attacks near polling booths in Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad.

Iraqi security forces clashed with gunmen who were trying to attack a polling centre in Hadhar town, some 80 km south of Mosul, and killed three of them.

The attacks came as Iraqis headed to polling centres across the country to vote for the next parliament, the first since the withdrawal of the US troops from the country at the end of 2011.

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