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18 die in rash of Iraq violence

BAGHDAD, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- At least 18 people have died in post-election violence throughout Iraq the past two days, officials say.

In the deadliest of the attacks, insurgents killed 12 Iraqi army recruits and critically wounded two others in an ambush on their bus southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, an Iraqi army spokesman said.

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The insurgents stopped the bus, made the recruits disembark and then shot them one by one Wednesday in the village of Zab, Maj. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Amin told CNN.

Meanwhile, gunmen attacked a vehicle Thursday in Baquba, killing four Iraqis and wounding two others, the U.S. military said. All six were employees of Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, an American contractor in Iraq, the military said.

Also Thursday, insurgents attacked a five-vehicle police convoy traveling to Baghdad, killing one Iraqi police officer and injuring three others. And, gunmen killed a local politician in front of his house, police said.

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