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Insurgents kill 45 in Baqouba, official says

Insurgent attacks and clashes killed 45 people in the Iraqi city of Baqouba on Tuesday, a hospital morgue official said.
An Iraqi police officer looks out from the damaged police station after an attack by militants in Buhriz, near Baqouba, on Tuesday.
An Iraqi police officer looks out from the damaged police station after an attack by militants in Buhriz, near Baqouba, on Tuesday.Sami Aburiya / AP
/ Source: Reuters

Insurgent attacks and clashes killed 45 people in the Iraqi city of Baqouba on Tuesday, a hospital morgue official said.

Guerrillas attacked three police stations and a river bridge in the city, 40 miles northeast of Baghdad, and fought gunbattles with Iraqi police and National Guards.

The attacks came as U.S.-led forces were storming into the rebel stronghold of Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

Ahmed Fuad, in charge of the main morgue in Baqouba, capital of Diyala province, said 32 people had been wounded, in addition to the 45 bodies he had received.

“We have taken back the labor union building from the insurgents and we are regaining control of the city,” police Major Mohammed Ghani told reporters.

Fuad said 25 policemen were killed when gunmen attacked the Tahrir and Mafraq police stations in Baqouba. Another 20 bodies had come in after a similar attack on a police station in Buhriz, a village just south of Baqouba, he said.

Gunmen attacked a Diyalah river bridge on a road linking Baqouba with the northeastern towns of Miqdadiya and Khanaqin.

They distributed leaflets warning people in Baqouba to stay away from government offices and schools.