Dozens Killed in Iraq Violence

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Violence in Iraq has escalated today as more than 40 people are dead across the country.

Authorities say a prominent Sunni sheik and the local police chief in the northern city of Beiji survived a pair of suicide bombings that targeted them. But officials say at least 19 others were killed in the blasts.

Northwest of Baghdad, officials say drive-by shooters have killed the deputy police chief in Mosul.

Meanwhile, three parked car bombs have rocked Baghdad. Police say one car exploded near an ice cream parlor in an eastern Baghdad neighborhood, killing five. Another attack happened in a commercial area, killing eight. The other blast happened in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood, killing two.

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