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FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Feb 8

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1630 GMT on Friday.

* denotes new or updated items.

* NORTH OF BAGHDAD - Coalition forces killed eight suspected al Qaeda militants and detained 12 others during operations in towns north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Five of the dead were killed in Baquba, 65 km (50 miles) north of the capital on Friday and the others were killed near Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad on Thursday.

BAQUBA - Gunmen in police uniform stormed a house and killed five people including a woman and then blew up the house on Thursday in central Baquba, police said.

NEAR BAQUBA - Police found a grave containing eight bodies including three females just north of Baquba, police said.

BASRA - The body of the imam of a Sunni mosque was found on Thursday in a morgue in central Basra, 550 km (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, the Muslim Scholars Association said in a statement.

BAGHDAD - Four bodies were found in different areas of Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

HAWIJA - A bomb in a parked car wounded two policemen in Hawija, 70 km (45 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed a university student in a bus terminal in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, on Thursday, police said.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces arrested “a special groups leader” -- part of a group that has splintered from Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army militia -- and three others just south of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said.

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