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Iraqi suicide bombs leave 28 dead


Suicide bombers struck yesterday against Iraqi security forces in two cities, killing 28 and injuring more than 20 others, officials said. The attacks were aimed at undermining morale in a force the US hopes will assume a greater role in battling the rebels.

Three other people died in a mortar attack on a Mosul police station.

In Mosul, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of policemen inside a hospital compound, killing 12 policemen and injuring four others, hospital officials said. An al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility.

Also yesterday, a car bomb exploded outside the protective blast barriers of a provincial police headquarters in the city of Baqouba, killing 15 people and wounding 17, police Colonel Mudhahar al-Jubouri said. Many of the victims were there to seek jobs as policemen, al-Jubouri said.

The Mosul attack occurred at the city's Jumhouri Teaching Hospital, hospital director Tahseen Ali Mahmoud al-Obeidi said. Witnesses said the bomber called the police officers over to him and then blew up among the crowd.

"I heard an explosion. When I went to check, I saw bodies everywhere," al-Obeidi said.

The ground was soaked with blood. Nurses collected pieces of flesh and body parts, putting them in bags.

In a posting on a Web site, the al-Qaeda in Iraq group, led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said "a lion from the Martyrs Brigade" wearing an explosives belt managed to get inside a police post at the Mosul hospital.

The claim could not be verified.

There was no claim of responsibility for the Baqouba attack.

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