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A car bomb explosion in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday killed 12 policemen as they queued to receive their monthly pay, police said.
Another car bomb exploded outside police headquarters in the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad, killing 14 and wounding a further 14, police said.
Monday's blast in Mosul was the deadliest attack since last week's elections.
The bloodshed came overnight on Sunday in bu-Mustafa village north of Hilla, 30km south of Baghdad, police sources told Aljazeera.
The Iraqi policemen who died in the clashes came from the same village as the fighters and were showing their solidarity with them.
"A lion in the martyrs' brigades of al Qaeda Organization for Holy War in Iraq attacked a gathering of apostates seeking to return to the apostate police force in Mosul near the hospital," the group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said in a statement carried on an Islamist Web site.
Police said the attacker's target was a truck carrying recruits into the base in a disused airport in Baghdad. The U.S. military said the bomber was believed to have been on foot.
Al Qaeda's wing in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for those blasts and vowed further attacks on "apostates and their masters," an apparent reference to U.S.-led forces and the Iraqis who work with them.