Six dead as car bomb targets mayor's office

At least six people died and more than a dozen were wounded in the central Iraqi city of Samarra in a double car bomb attack and a mortar attack on the mayor’s office and a central market, Iraqi officials said.

At least six people died and more than a dozen were wounded in the central Iraqi city of Samarra in a double car bomb attack and a mortar attack on the mayor’s office and a central market, Iraqi officials said.

Abdul Nasser Hamid of Samarra Hospital said six people, including two policemen, were killed and 20 others wounded during the multiple attacks.

In the first incident, a suicide car bomber detonated explosives inside a stolen police car near the mayor’s office, hospital officials said. A second car bomb exploded in a residential area of the city near a US base and a mortar fell on a crowded market.

In September, US and Iraqi forces seized control of Samarra, 60 miles north of the capital. Since then, Iraqi officials said the city has been an example of how the Americans and the Baghdad government can restore order in restive towns and cities from the insurgents.

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