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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

BAGHDAD,Tue Aug 12, ( - Iraqi authorities imposed a curfew on the capital of restive Diyala province on Tuesday after the governor survived a suicide bomb attack on his convoy.

Two people died and seven were wounded in the attack, when the bomber detonated an explosive vest near the convoy of Diyala Governor Raad Rasheed in the provincial capital Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Rasheed was unharmed.

Iraqiya state television said the curfew had been imposed on the centre of the city from noon on Tuesday until Wednesday morning.

The province has been the scene of a major two-week-old crackdown by US-backed Iraqi forces against Sunni Arab al Qaeda militants, who frequently employ suicide bombing as a tactic.

As violence in Iraq has dropped to levels not seen since 2004, the ethnically mixed province is considered one of the last remaining sanctuaries al Qaeda.

Many recent attacks in the province have been carried out by female suicide bombers, a tactic used increasingly by al Qaeda this year. It was not immediately clear whether Tuesday's attacker was male or female.

Iraqi forces, backed by US soldiers and helicopters, launched a crackdown late last month in Diyala, searching homes and detaining scores of people. The Iraqi government said on Monday it was calling a pause for a few days in the operation to allow militants to surrender.

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