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Gunmen Raid Police Station Near Baghdad

Masked gunmen overran a police station south of Baghdad on Friday and blew it up — the fourth such attack against Iraqi security installations in less than a week. The assailants arrived in seven cars at the station in this Euphrates River town 12 miles south of Baghdad, surrounded the building and opened fire with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, police Lt. Sattar Abdul-Reda said. After the outgunned police fled from a side door, the attackers entered the building, rigged it with explosives and blew it up, Abdul-Reda said. He said police called for help from the U.S. military, but the troops reached the station five hours after the attack began. The attack underscored the precarious security situation facing the interim Iraqi government due to take power from the U.S.-run occupation administration on June 30. Ahead of the transfer, insurgents have stepped up attacks on infrastructure and security facilities to undermine public confidence in the new administration. Full Story

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