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Five killed in Iraq bombings

world Updated: Oct 08, 2009 23:56 IST

Five people were killed, including two policemen, and 13 others wounded in two attacks in Iraq on Thursday, police officials said.

In the deadlier attack, three civilians were killed by a bomb placed inside a barber shop in the town of Yusfiyah, around 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Baghdad.

The attack occurred at around 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) and left 10 other people injured, a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Yusfiyah is a predominantly Sunni town, which lies within a confessionally mixed region known as the Triangle of Death due to the frequency of insurgent attacks during the worst of Iraq's insurgency after the 2003 US-led invasion.

In Saadiyeh north of the capital, two policemen, including a lieutenant colonel, died when a roadside bomb targeted their patrol on Thursday morning, a police official said.

The blast also left three policemen injured in the town, 140 kilometres north of Baghdad in Diyala province.

Violent deaths in Iraq dropped by more than half in September compared to the previous month, official figures showed last week, with 203 people killed across the country.

September's death toll was the lowest since May, when a total of 155 people were killed.