A senior Iraqi police officer says militants attacked a balloting centre in a remote area in the country’s north and killed 10 guards.

It was the latest in a surge in militant attacks in the run—up to Iraq’s crucial parliament elections on April 30.

Deputy police chief in the northern city of Kirkuk says the attack occurred late on Monday night in Daqouq village.

Maj. Gen. Torhan Abdul—Rahman Youssef says the gunmen were disguised in military uniforms and told the guards at the polling center that they were there to conduct a search.

Youssef says the militants later shot to death the 10 guards.

Daqouq is located about 260 km north of the capital, Baghdad.

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