In a separate incident, a bomb blast killed three policemen and wounded an officer near the city of Duluiyah, which is towards the north of Baghdad.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a civilian was killed while six people were wounded in a bomb explosion on Tuesday outside a mosque, a police source said. In the morning, two civilians were killed in separate attacks by gunmen near Baquba city, around 65 km from Baghdad, the source added.

In addition, bomb experts defused a car bomb loaded with about 200 kg of explosives on a main road used by security forces near Bani Saad town, some 20 km from Baquba, the source said.

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