Officials: eight suicide bombers kill at least six in Baghdad

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At least six people were killed and 15 others wounded on Sunday after eight suicide bombers attacked security forces and a local government building northwest of Baghdad, Agence France-Presse reported officials as saying.

The death toll included three members of the local council for the Rawa area of Anbar province and three police, police Captain Mohammed Ahmed al-Rawi and local council member Suhaib al-Rawi told AFP.

Two bombers on foot and another driving a vehicle rigged with explosives attacked the police headquarters for the area, while another suicide bomber driving a vehicle hit an army checkpoint at the town’s entrance.

Meanwhile, three bombers on foot and another in a vehicle attacked the local administrative headquarters for the area, where officials were meeting.

In another separate deadly incident, one suicide bomber blew himself up near the house of a senior policeman in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, Reuters cited police as saying on Sunday.

The attacker drove up to a group of people who had gathered at the scene of an earlier, smaller explosion close to the house of senior officer Nasser Dawood, police said.

Dawood was out when the bomber set off his explosive, but most of those killed and wounded in the blast were members of his family, the force added.

According to AFP figures, which are based on security and medical sources, more than 440 people have been killed so far in Oct., and over 5,150 since the beginning of the year.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni Muslim insurgents, including al-Qaeda, have regularly targeted security personnel and others working for the Shiite-led government.

(With AFP and Reuters)