A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga force casts her ballot in the northern Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil on April 28, 2014 in special voting ahead of Iraq's first election since US troops withdrew. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED
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Attacks including a spate of suicide bombings killed 57 people on Monday as soldiers and policemen cast their votes in Iraq's first parliamentary election since US troops withdrew.At least 50 others were wounded in the attack, which struck near the offices of Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in the town. Two suicide bombers also struck the capital. Five members of the security forces were killed by another suicide bomber at a polling station in the city's north.Attacks elsewhere in the country killed 15 members of the security forces, officials said. Polls officially closed at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) for special balloting and overseas voters.Attacks on candidates and their campaign staff and rallies have cast a shadow over the election, and parts of Iraq that have been out of government control for months will not see any voting.
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