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Attacks kill 9, Sunni candidate

| Sunday, April 14, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

BAGHDAD — A series of attacks in Iraq on Sunday killed 10 people, including a Sunni candidate running in the upcoming provincial elections.

The attacks against security forces and an election candidate occurred as the country is preparing for the first vote since the U.S. withdrawal. In the April 20 elections, Iraqis are to choose provincial governing councils.

The most serious attack occurred at night near the city of Mosul, when a booby-trapped body exploded among a group of police officers who were trying to inspect the body that was left in the street. Police said that five police officers were killed.

Hours earlier, police said that Najam Saeed, a Sunni candidate in the provincial elections, was killed when a roadside bomb hit his convoy near Muqadiyah town, 55 miles north of Baghdad.

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