35 killed in Iraq attacks

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A total of 35 people were killed and 69 others wounded in separate attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, police said.

The deadliest attack occurred in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala when two roadside bombs went off in the morning at a crowded popular market in the city of Sadiyah, some 60 km north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, leaving up to 18 people killed and 42 others injured, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Earlier the source put the toll at 15 killed and 30 wounded by the blasts.

In Anbar province, a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a polling center at a school building and blew it up in the city of Haditha, some 200 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving two soldiers killed and four policemen wounded, and damaging the building and several nearby houses, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

Also in the province, two civilians were killed and five others injured in mortar barrage on several neighborhoods of the militant- seized city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, the source said, adding that several houses were also damaged.

Iraqi security forces carried out an operation in Abu Ghraib area, just west of Baghdad, and killed six militants said to be linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, a local police source said.

Separately, a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at a police checkpoint in the early hours of the day in Baghdad's southern district of Dour, killing two policemen and wounding nine others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Also on Monday night, gunmen attacked a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group in the town of Madain, some 30 km southeast of Baghdad, leaving five Sahwa members killed and eight others wounded, the source said.

The attacks came on the eve of Iraq's parliamentary elections, the first in the country since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in late 2011.

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