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Five die in Iraq suicide attack

Five people died after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into a police building in southern Iraq.

Police chief Brigadier Faisal al-Ebadi said the bomber crashed through the gate during the morning rush hour and made it a few yards into the police compound before blowing up the car in the city of Basra.

Three policemen and two civilians were killed and 24 people were injured.

A health official confirmed the causality figures.

Basra, 340 miles south-east of Baghdad, is becoming the hub for Iraq's burgeoning oil industry, and suicide bombings like the latest attack are rare.

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