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Bomb blast kills two in Baghdad

Feb. 3, 2011 at 9:42 AM

BAGHDAD, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A bomb explosion in Baghdad killed two people Thursday, while police in a northern province thwarted a potential suicide bombing, officials said.

Officials said the bomb in the New Baghdad section of the capital killed two civilians and injured three others, including a traffic officer, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, Iraqi police foiled a suicide attack when they forced a suicide bomber to detonate his explosives-laden vest, wounding two people, an operations command official in Salahudin province told Xinhua.

The official said police were pursuing a stolen truck just west of Samarra when the truck driver blew himself up, apparently to avoid capture. Police said they believe they prevented a potential suicide attack elsewhere in the area.

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