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Suicide bomber kills 12 in Mosul hospital
Updated: 2005-02-07 16:34

MOSUL, Iraq - A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a hospital compound in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday, killing 12 policemen and injured four others, hospital officials said.

Also Monday, insurgents shelled a police station in Mosul with more than a dozen mortar rounds, killing three civilians, a police official said.

In the attack at the Jumhouri Teaching Hospital, a suicide bomber set off explosives outside the hospital building among a group of Iraqi policemen, hospital Director Tahseen Ali Mahmoud al-Obeidi said.

"I heard an explosion. When I went to check, I saw bodies everywhere," al-Obeidi said.

The city of Mosul, Iraq's third largest, has seen daily insurgent attacks and rebel clashes with U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces. Violence has surged since a guerrilla uprising in November drove out nearly all of the city's police force.

Also Monday, a car bomb exploded outside the main gate of the provincial police headquarters in the city of Baqouba, north of Baghdad, Col. Mudhahar al-Jubouri said. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in that attack.

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