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Violence erupts in northern Iraqi cities

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Several police patrols are attacked in Mosul
  • Among the dead is an imam
  • A blast in Kirkuk targets a Turkmen general's convoy and kills his son

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- A series of violent attacks claimed the lives of four people in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police said Friday. Among the dead were a baker, a policeman and an imam.

Meanwhile in nearby Kirkuk, a police officer was killed and 10 people were wounded in a suicide car bomb blast.

The suicide bomber targeted the convoy of a Turkmen general who was on his way home after Friday prayers, police said. The general was critically injured and his son, a police officer, was killed.

Oil-rich Kirkuk is an ethically diverse city where a power struggle has unfolded among Kurds, Turkmens and Arabs.

In Mosul, gunmen shot dead a man while he was working inside his bakery Friday afternoon, police said, and on Thursday, two police officers died in separate incidents. A roadside bomb killed one police officer and wounded four others, police said, and gunmen opened fire in a drive-by shooting on a police patrol, killing one person and wounding two.

On the other side of the city, another roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi police patrol Friday, wounding three people. And gunmen stormed the house of an imam Thursday evening and shot him dead, police said.

Even though violence has markedly dropped in Iraq, Mosul, about 260 miles north of Baghdad, is still a center for al Qaeda and is considered the nation's most dangerous place.