Bomb attacks in northeast Iraq kill 27, wound 42

Wed Mar 3, 2010 3:17am EST

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Suicide bombers attacked two police stations and a hospital in a city northeast of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 42 days before a parliamentary election.

Police said the first two attackers drove explosives-packed cars at police stations in the center and west of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of the capital, in volatile Diyala province where Sunni Islamist groups like al Qaeda still battle U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces.

A third bomber blew himself up at a hospital.

(Writing by Michael Christie)