Iraq army says bombings, clashes kill 9 in north

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi army says car bombings and clashes in a northern town have killed at least nine people and wounded 21.

The commander of the army’s 12th Division, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Khalaf says gunmen detonated three car bombs near the local council building of the town of Hawija on Wednesday before engaging security forces. Khalaf said at least one of the car bombs was driven by a suicide attacker.

He put the death toll at seven civilians and two soldiers. He added that four militants were killed while the rest fled.

Sunni-dominated Hawija, a former insurgent stronghold, is about 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of Baghdad. The attack came a day after security forces foiled an attempt by insurgents to take over a Sunni town near the Syrian border.

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