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Suicide truck bombing kills 15 at police station

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• Death toll rises in bombing outside Tikrit; civilians, police among the casualties
• Three civilians killed by separate car bombs at fuel stations in Baghdad
• Gunbattles erupt in Shiite neighborhood after overnight U.S. raids at an office
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BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into a police station near Tikrit on Sunday morning, killing at least 15 people and wounding about 45 others, some of them civilians, a Tikrit police official said.

At least seven of those killed were police officers, the police official said.

The blast destroyed part of the police station, which is in Albu Ajil, a town about 3 miles (5 kilometers) east of Tikrit, the police official said. (Watch a tour of al Qaeda country Video)

Also Sunday, a parked car bomb exploded outside a fuel station in southwestern Baghdad, killing at least one civilian and wounding five others Sunday, an Interior Ministry official said.

The station was in Saydiya, a mixed Sunni-Shiite neighborhood.

About fifteen minutes later, another car bomb detonated at a fuel station in southwestern Baghdad, killing at least two civilians and wounding seven others, the official said.

That attack targeted cars in line at the station, which is located in the Shiite neighborhood of Bayaa.

Raid kills three

U.S. troops raided an office loosely affiliated with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's movement, killing at least three people and wounding 19, the Interior Ministry reported Sunday. (Watch how U.S. troops have had to forge alliances with former insurgents Video)

The raid was launched in al-Fudhailiya, a Shiite district in southeastern Baghdad, between 10 p.m. Saturday (2 p.m. ET Saturday) and 3 a.m. Sunday (7 p.m. ET Saturday), an Interior Ministry official said.

The office and at least three houses were set ablaze during the clashes, the official said. Also, a U.S. humvee was burned, the official said.

During the raid, U.S. forces opened fire on a civilian car that was approaching the office, killing one person and wounding four others, the official said.

Area residents began firing on U.S. soldiers, the official said. Gunbattles ensued between the troops and the unknown assailants, the U.S. military said.

Following the raid, at least seven people from the office were taken into U.S. military custody, the ministry official said.

Al-Sadr is a prominent cleric whose political movement holds 30 seats in the Iraqi parliament.

U.S. soldier killed

A U.S. soldier died of wounds sustained from small-arms fire in Diyala province Saturday, the U.S. military announced Sunday. Another soldier from the Multi-National Division-North unit was wounded in the incident.

Since the war began in 2003, 3,499 U.S. military personnel have died. Seven civilian contractors also have been killed.

In an interview last week, Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said work remains to be done in Diyala, where al Qaeda uses neighborhoods around the capital as sanctuaries to build and dispatch car bombs. (Watch Petraeus lay out his strategy for the war-ravaged nation Video)

U.S. military officials have said they believe many insurgents uprooted by the ongoing Baghdad security plan have fled to Diyala, north of Baghdad.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq and Cal Perry contributed to this report.

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