“As people gathered to observe the destruction” after the first bomb, “another suicide attacker detonated his explosive vest in their midst, said police and hospital officials.”
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“Twin suicide blasts targeting government compound in western Iraq kill 9 people,” by Hamid Ahmed for The Associated Press, December 27 (thanks to Ima):
BAGHDAD – Two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Monday, killing nine people at the government compound in the provincial capital of Ramadi, local officials in the Iraqi province of Anbar said.
Insurgents frequently go after government targets in an effort to destabilize the U.S.-backed Iraqi authorities, as American troops prepare to leave by the end of next year.
The first blast occurred when a suicide bomber drove a minibus packed with explosives into the entrance of the main government compound of the city, official spokesman Mohammed Fathi said.
As people gathered to observe the destruction, another suicide attacker detonated his explosive vest in their midst, said police and hospital officials.
The officials said in addition to the nine dead, another 43 people were injured by the blasts. Consecutive blasts meant to catch bystanders and rescue personnel have become a hallmark of al-Qaida’s tactics in Iraq in the past few years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the double attack….