23 killed in Samarra rebel attacks

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Two blasts went off outside the mayor’s office. A US convoy thought to be trying to reach the scene was also hit.

There are also reports that militants attacked three police stations, killing and wounding a number of policemen.

Samarra has been cited by the Iraqi government as an example of how they have been able to restore order to areas formerly controlled by rebels.

US and Iraqi forces seized control of the Sunni Muslim city in early October.