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8 die in Iraq bombings and shooting

Eight people have been killed in a series of bombings and a drive-by shooting across Iraq, authorities said.

Police officials said gunmen in a car killed two off-duty policemen near the northern city of Mosul.

And in the central Iraqi city of Tikrit, a roadside bomb explosion killed a man and his son.

In western Baghdad, a bomb went off near a line of car spare-part stores, killing two people and injuring seven others, officials said.

In the south-east of the capital, a blast missed a police patrol but killed two civilian passers-by.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures for all of the attacks.

Iraq has witnessed a surge in violence during the past few months.

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