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Multiple bombings kill 12 in Iraq

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BAGHDAD, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Several bomb blasts in areas under dispute by the Iraqi government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan authorities killed at least 12 people Monday, officials said.

Health and police officials said several explosions in the northern village of Khazna, about 12 miles northeast of Mosul, killed at least seven people and wounded 11 others, CNN reported.

In Tuz Khurmato, near Kirkuk, authorities said two car bombs killed at least five people and wounded 25 others. Police said one explosion was outside a hospital and the other occurred outside a Shiite mosque.

The explosions Monday came during a time of high tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the central government of Iraq over the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

In another area under dispute, a car bomb Sunday targeted the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, killing eight people and injuring at least 24 others, officials said.
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