Members of Iraqi security forces gather near a checkpoint that was attacked by gunmen in Taza, a town 210 km (130 miles) north of Baghdad February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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At least 17 people were killed in attacks across Iraq on Sunday as troops fought to evict Islamist militants from the northern town of Sulaiman Pek, security sources and medics said.Gunmen killed five people at a police checkpoint in Taza, a town 210 km north of Baghdad, a local police source said.In the town of Shirqat, 300 km north of the capital, at least two policemen were killed when gunmen fired on their patrol, police sources said.In other attacks, police said two mortar rounds hit a house, killing a civilian, in Jurf al-Sakhar, 60 km south of Baghdad, where the army is also fighting militants.
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