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Woman bomber attacks US patrol in Iraq

Baquba, Iraq - A woman suicide bomber blew herself up as a US foot patrol passed in the city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, killing one civilian and wounding seven, police said.

US military spokesperson Major Peggy Kageleiry confirmed the attack by a "female" bomber but had no immediate word on any casualties among US troops.

A Baquba police officer said the bomber struck the patrol in the city's central Al-Amin neighbourhood.

Insurgents have stepped up attacks in Baquba in recent weeks despite a joint US-Iraqi offensive against Al-Qaeda fighters in the area.

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