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Rebels Kill 20 in Pre-Election Attacks in Iraq

Guerrillas killed 20 people in attacks in Iraq Tuesday, and Prime Minister Iyad Allawi acknowledged what he called pockets of the country would be too unsafe for voting in a Jan. 30 election. A suicide car bomber killed seven policemen in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s home town and a Sunni Muslim stronghold in northern Iraq, and gunmen shot dead eight people in a minibus south of Baghdad. A group led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said it carried out the bombing against what it called “cowardly mercenaries” at police headquarters in Tikrit. Eight police officers were also wounded. Full Story

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