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7 killed, 22 hurt in Iraq car bomb blast

BALADRUZ, Iraq, March 18 (UPI) -- Seven people were killed and 22 others were injured when a car bomb was detonated near a police checkpoint in eastern Iraq Monday, police said.

The explosion happened during the afternoon in the town of Baladruz in Diyala province, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

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"Five policemen and two civilians were killed, while 17 civilians and five policemen were wounded by the blast," a provincial police official told Xinhua.

The blast also damaged a police vehicle and several nearby civilian cars, the official said.

Earlier Monday, four people were killed, including a police officer, and seven people wounded in three bomb attacks near Baghdad, police said.

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