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July 5, 2011
Baghdad / DC.
Iraqis stand at the scene of a rocket attack on a residential compound in central Baghdad. Several Iraqis were killed and wounded in the overnight strike - AFP.
Twin suicide attacks ripped through the city of Taji north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 35 people, officials said, after Iraq suffered its deadliest month so far this year in June.
"Thirty-five people were killed and 28 wounded when a car bomb and an improvised bomb exploded simultaneously outside a government office where national identification cards are issued, and the provincial council offices," the official said.
A police officer in Taji said that one suicide bomber in a car and a second with an explosives belt had caused the carnage.
"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," he said.
He added that the mayor of Taji, security officials from the city and tribal leaders were in a meeting at the provincial council offices when the bombers struck. There was no immediate word on who the casualties were.
Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta said the blasts struck at 12 noon (0900 GMT).
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