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Thirty five killed in twin suicide attack near Baghdad

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At least 35 people were killed and 28 more wounded in a twin suicide attack on Tuesday outside a government office in Taji, about 20 kilometres north of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad. 

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“A car bomb exploded at the entrance of the identity-cards office, which is next to the provincial council building. When people gathered, a suicide bomber in their midst exploded his belt,” explained a police officer in the town.

The attack comes after five people were killed by a rocket strike outside the Al-Rasheed hotel in Baghdad on Monday.

June saw the highest death toll in Iraq this year with a total of 271 Iraqis killed. The US military also experienced its bloodiest month in three years with the deaths of 14 soldiers.

The Iraqi government blames Al-Qaeda for the increase in killings, but the US military say Iranian-backed Shiite militia are responsible for the bloody attacks on their soldiers.

US troops are due to pull out of the country by the end of the year under the terms of a bilateral security impact.

 

 

 

 

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