Twenty seven people get killed
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  • Security officials stated that 27 people were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq just days before US troops pull out of Iraq's cities. In the deadliest single strike, seven people were killed in a car bombing that targeted municipal offices in Abu Ghraib, a town on Baghdad's western outskirts. In another incident, a civilian was killed in central Mosul by gunmen.

    The killings were the latest incidents in the run-up to the planned pullout of US troops from Iraqi towns and cities by June 30. Violence had dropped in recent months, with May seeing the lowest Iraqi death toll since the 2003 invasion. Attacks however continued in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had warned earlier in the month that insurgents were likely to step up their attacks in a bid to undermine confidence in the Iraqi security forces1.