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Car bomb blasts kill five in Mosul

Two car bombs have exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing five people and wounding 18.

The first explosion occurred when a parked car bomb detonated next to an army patrol, killing three soldiers and wounding three civilians.

A spokesman said the second blast came fifteen minutes later, when another parked car bomb exploded in a nearby area, killing two civilians and wounding 15. The target of the attacks was unclear.

A police officer and a doctor later confirmed the casualty figures.

Mosul, 225 miles north-west of Baghdad, has for years been a hub for al Qaida in Iraq.

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