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Suicide attacker shot, killed in Kurdish region

From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
  • Two police officers wounded near peshmerga base
  • The incident occurred in the Kurdish region
  • In Baghdad, seven civilians were wounded by roadside bombs

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Police in Iraq's Kurdish region shot and killed a suicide bomber trying to attack a checkpoint near a military base on Wednesday, a Kurdish security official said.

Jabbar Yawer, a Kurdish security forces spokesman, told CNN that the incident took place near Qalat-Deza, a town near the Iranian border about 80 kilometers or nearly 50 miles north of the city of Sulaimaniya. Kurdish security forces, known as the peshmerga, manned the base.

The attacker's explosives-filled vest detonated and wounded two policemen after he was shot dead, Yawer said.

Iraq's three-province Kurdish region in the northern part of Iraq has been much safer than the rest of the country during the many years of warfare, and such attacks are rare.

In Baghdad, seven civilians were wounded in two roadside bombings in central Baghdad, police said.