Coordinated bombing kill 9, wound 20 in western Iraq

14:05, June 03, 2011      

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A spate of bomb attacks killed at least nine people and wounded 20 others near a governorate building and a hospital in Iraq's western city of Ramadi on Thursday, a local police source said.

Two roadside bombs ripped off near the Governorate building of Anbar Province Thursday evening. When police arrived at the scene, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest and caused a second explosion.

Minutes later another suicide bomber detonated an explosive- packed car near a hospital in Ramadi, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The four explosions killed nine Iraqis and wounded 20 others, most of whom are Iraqi policemen and soldiers.

Violence and sporadic high-profile attacks are still common in the once volatile Sunni Arab area in west of Baghdad that stretches through Anbar province to Iraq's western borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The province's cities and its vast desert area have been relatively calm for more than three years after Sunni tribes and anti-U.S. insurgent groups turned to cooperate with the U.S. troops and the Iraqi security forces against al-Qaida network in Iraq.

Source: Xinhua
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