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Bombings kill 11 in northern Iraq

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  • Suicide car bomber kills four at Awakening Council checkpoint
  • Attack on convoy kills four contractors south of Mosul
  • Woman killed, 15 injured when roadside bomb goes off at shop near Baquba
  • Two farm workers walking to jobs killed by a bomb in southern Baquba
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From Mohammed Tawfeeq
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Bombs killed 11 people Monday in northern Iraq, where U.S. and Iraqi troops continue to battle al Qaeda in Iraq militants, police said.

A suicide car bomber struck an Awakening Council checkpoint south of Samarra.

Four members of the group were killed, police said, and six others were wounded, including three members of the U.S.-backed group, which has emerged as a foe of al Qaeda in Iraq.

A bomb ripped through a shop near Baquba, killing a female and wounding 15 people. Police said they believe al Qaeda in Iraq militants planted an explosives-filled plastic bag outside the store. The U.S. military said the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb and wounded 16.

The U.S. military also reported a roadside bomb attack on a convoy Monday that killed four contractors south of Mosul and wounded eight others.

In southern Baquba, two female farm workers walking to their jobs were killed by a bomb that detonated at the side of a road.

In Mosul, a mortar attack on the compound of provincial Gov. Duraid Kashmoula left six people wounded. The governor was unharmed, police said.

Violence is at its lowest level in Iraq in four years, according to U.S. officials. But al Qaeda in Iraq maintains an active presence in northern Iraq and U.S. and Iraqi raids regularly target them.

Coalition soldiers captured a wanted man and 10 other suspects Monday in Mosul and Balad, the U.S. military said. Two other people were detained in the Balad area on Sunday.

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