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BAGHDAD, (AP) – A spate of overnight and early Monday bombings in Baghdad killed three people, including a police officer and an army soldier, and wounded 20, police officials said.

The strikes came a week before all but 50,000 U.S. troops leave Iraq — a military drawdown that has raised fears the country’s already-shaky security will become even less safe.

Baghdad police said unknown attackers in a speeding car threw the grenade in the mixed Sunni-Shiite neighborhood of New Baghdad in the capital’s east around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

The blast killed one policeman and wounded another, a city police official said. A medic at Baghdad’s Ibn Al-Nafees hospital confirmed the casualties.

Late Sunday, a grenade attack on an Iraqi army checkpoint in Amariyah, a Sunni area in western Baghdad, killed one soldier and injured 2 others around 11 p.m., police and hospital officials said.

Earlier, a liquor store near central Baghdad was targeted by a roadside bomb that wounded two people around 8 p.m. An hour later, another bomb struck a popular cafe in the capital’s southwest. A policeman said that explosion killed one person and wounded 15 people. A medic at the city’s Yarmouk hospital confirmed the casualties.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

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