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Iraq raises death toll in attacks on police to 19

Published: 23rd October 2013 03:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2013 03:26 PM   |  A+A-

Iraqi officials have raised the death toll from attacks on police in the western Anbar province the previous night to 19.

A police officer said on Wednesday that the victims included three civilians. Earlier reports said eight policemen were killed.

The first attack took place when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint at the entrance of the town of Rutba, killing five policemen.

Another suicide bomber drove his car into a nearby bypass where police were stationed, killing four policemen and three civilian truck drivers.

Clashes elsewhere in Anbar on Tuesday night killed seven policemen.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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