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Suicide Bomber Kills 6 in Northern Iraq

By VOA News
15 November 2007

Iraqi security officials say a suicide bombing apparently targeting a senior Kurdish police officer has killed at least six people and wounded 20 others in the northern city of Kirkuk.

Officials say the bomber rammed his explosives-filled vehicle into the convoy carrying the police officer, Brigadier Khattab Omar, early Thursday. They say the Kurdish officer survived with injuries.

Separately, the U.S. military said that U.S. forces backed by aircraft killed 25 suspected insurgents in operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists in the Tarmiyah region near Baghdad.

A statement said 21 other suspects were detained during the operations late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

The U.S. military also says one American soldier was killed and four wounded by an explosion in Diyala province Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters that improved security in Iraq is "fragile and far from irreversible."

Rear Admiral Gregory Smith said extremists still have the will and capacity to cause major loss of life and damage to property.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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