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Seven dead following Iraq attacks

Seven people, including a 10-year-old boy, are the latest to have been killed in a surge of violence across Iraq, authorities say.

Police said mortar shells exploded near people swimming in the Tigris River on Monday. Four people were killed, including the boy, and 11 others were injured.

In the northern city of Kirkuk, a policeman was killed and 11 other people were hurt, including four civilians, when a car bomb went off near a passing security patrol.

Also, gunmen sprayed a security checkpoint with bullets just south of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and injuring four others.

Hospital officials confirmed the death toll. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

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