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Baghdad Attacks Kill 15 as Iraqis Begin Early Voting


Iraqi authorities say insurgent attacks in Baghdad have killed at least 15 people, as Iraqis cast early votes in the country's parliamentary elections.

In the first attack Thursday, officials say seven people were killed in a blast near a polling station in northern Baghdad's Hurriya district. The polling station was due to open on Sunday.Suicide bombers later blew themselves up outside two other Baghdad polling stations as security personnel were waiting to cast ballots ahead of Sunday's vote, when many of them will be on duty.

The explosions killed at least eight people.Nearly a million Iraqis were eligible to cast early votes Thursday -- including soldiers, police, medical staff, patients and prisoners. Some complained when polling stations barred them from voting because their names were missing from voter registration lists.

Officials have warned that insurgents may increase attacks to try to disrupt the election, which is only Iraq's second for a full parliamentary term since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.On Wednesday, three suicide bombers blew themselves up in Baquba, northeast of the capital, killing at least 32 people in the deadliest attack in weeks.

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