6 killed in Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi authorities say gunmen have killed five people in an attack on a security checkpoint in Baghdad, and a car bomb killed a man in the northern city of Mosul.

An army officer and an interior ministry official say the attack on the checkpoint in western Baghdad on Sunday night killed two Iraqi police officers and three soldiers. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

A police official in Mosul said a car bomb on Monday targeted a police patrol but missed, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring eight other bystanders. He also spoke on condition of anonymity.

Despite the violence, the security situation has improved dramatically in Iraq, with U.S. forces completing a withdrawal from cities on June 30.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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