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Twin car bombing hits Iraqi city

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Two car bombs have hit the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the second of them killing at least nine people, Iraqi officials say.

The attacks happened within minutes of each other near Shia mosques.

They took place on the outskirts of Mosul, a city with a volatile ethnic and religious mix.

Elsewhere in Mosul, an Iraqi soldier was shot dead at a checkpoint. In al-Mussayeb, south of Baghdad, two people died in a bombing at a wedding.

There were conflicting reports about the number of casualties in each of the bombings in Mosul.

Hospital doctors told said the second attack had killed nine people.

One of the attacks was reported to have happened in the Bawiza district in the north of the city, and the second in Gubba.

The bombings in Mosul are the latest in a series of attacks that have coincided with the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraqi towns and cities.

The move, which was completed last week, comes ahead of the full departure of US forces by 2012.

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