Iraq bombings target police
Iraqi industry minister escapes convoy attack
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A string of suicide bombing attacks across Iraq targeted Iraqi police Saturday, leaving more than 20 people dead and dozens wounded.
In the latest attack, two suicide bombers killed nine people, including five policemen, and wounded 36 others inside and outside a cafeteria frequented by Iraqi police around 10 p.m. in Hilla, south of Baghdad, police said.
One suicide bomber detonated inside the cafeteria, and another blew himself up outside, a police spokesman said.
Of the wounded, 20 were police officers. Four women and six children were also hurt, the police spokesman said.
The spokesman said the terrorists in the city were reacting to the police forces' fight against terrorism.
Earlier in the day, around 9:45 a.m., a suicide bomber with an explosive vest killed at least 12 people and wounded 22 others at a police recruiting center in western Baghdad, said an Iraqi police official and the U.S. military.
Most of those killed and wounded were Iraqi police commandos who were working with recruits outside the base near al-Nisoor square.
The attacker was dressed in an Iraqi police commando uniform when he blew himself up, the police official said.
About three hours later, a suicide car bomb exploded at an Iraqi police checkpoint in the town of al-Mahmoudiya, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Baghdad, an Iraqi police official said. Al-Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad received one dead and three wounded. All were civilians.
Shortly afterward, a remote-controlled car bomb exploded in eastern Baghdad, wounding three Iraqi policemen and eight civilians, a Baghdad police official said.
In other violence, Iraqi Industry Minister Usama al-Najafi escaped an attack on his convoy Saturday night in western Baghdad. Four bodyguards were wounded.
CNN's Cal Perry and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this story
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