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Iraq Police Killed By Gunmen Near Baghdad

By SAMEER N. YACOUB 05/21/12 07:40 AM ET AP

Iraq Policemen Killed
An Iraqi policeman mans a checkpoint in Baghdad on May 20, 2012 as part of increased security measures ahead of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program in the Iraqi capital. Baghdad will host a meeting on May 23 between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and representatives of the so-called P5+1 group, which comprises the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/GettyImages)

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed three policemen in an attack on a security checkpoint north of Baghdad.

Police officials say the attack early Monday took place when gunmen in two speeding car opened fire on a security checkpoint in Taji area, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Baghdad. Three other policemen were wounded in the attack.

A local medic confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Violence has dropped across Iraq, but insurgents frequently attack security forces in an attempt to destabilize the country.

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