Five people were killed and 15 injured in Iraq on Thursday in separate attacks on government and security targets.

Three soldiers were killed by a bomb aimed at a military patrol near the city of Salah el—Din, some 170 kilometres north of Baghdad.

Nine people, including civilians, were also injured in the blast.

West of Baghdad, in Anbar province, an Iraqi government official and his driver were killed by explosives, security sources said.

Three roadside bombs exploded as Siyad Izerij, who headed the town of Kubeisa in the province, was driving to his office.

Police imposed a partial curfew in the area after the incident, the Aswat al—Iraq news agency reported.

In a separate incident, three policemen were injured when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the area of Amreyet al—Fallujah, 60 kilometres north—east of Baghdad.

At the same checkpoint, three soldiers were injured when a bomb exploded after they arrived at the scene to offer backup.

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