Death toll rises to four in Iraq's suicide bombing

16:09, July 04, 2010      

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The death toll from the suicide bombing carried out by a female in Iraq's western province of Anbar on Sunday rose to four while 10 people were wounded, a provincial police source said.

"The latest reports said that four people were killed and 10 others injured, including women and children," the source from Anbar police operations office told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A woman wearing an explosive-vest apparently managed to enter the building close to the office of deputy governor at the heavy guarded compound of Anbar provincial council in central Ramadi city, some 110 km west of Baghdad, the source said.

Earlier, the source put the toll at two killed and seven injured.

It was not clear yet whether the deputy governor was among the victims, as Iraqi security forces sealed off the compound while several ambulances were ferrying the casualty to the city hospitals.

No insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but the police source said that the al-Qaida in Iraq terror network is generally considered to be behind such tactic of using women as suicide bombers in order to surprise the security members.

Also, according to the Islamic culture, it is embarrassing for Iraqi male security members to carry out a proper body-search for women.

Insurgent attacks continue in the once volatile province of Anbar, which has been relatively calm for more than two years after Sunni tribes and anti-U.S. insurgent groups turned to cooperate with the U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces against al-Qaida network in Iraq.

Source: Xinhua


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