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Police, mayor killed in attacks

Sameer N. Yacoub reports for The Associated Press:

Gunmen traveling in cars without license plates opened fire on a police patrol in Iraq on Thursday, killing two officers and three others.

The shooting followed a bombing late Wednesday that killed the Shiite mayor of the town of Mafraq near Baqouba, a former al-Qaida stronghold about 35 miles (60 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. Police said the blast also killed the man's wife, two sons and daughter.

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