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Bombings kill 25, injure 30 in Iraq

Press TV [1]
June 21, 2011

Twenty-five people have been killed and 30 injured when two car bombs exploded outside the residence of a local governor in central Iraq.

“Two car bombs exploded almost simultaneously near the governor’s home in Diwaniya, killing 25 people and wounding more than 30,” said an Iraqi defense ministry official, quoted in an AFP report on Tuesday.

It was not immediately known whether the governor of Diwaniyah, Salam Hussein Alwan, is among the casualties.

Medical sources at a main hospital in Diwaniya, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, said most of the casualties were police officers.

On Monday, at least seven Iraqis were injured in an attack on a French embassy convoy in Baghdad.

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Local security forces and provincial government officials in Iraq have been the target of attacks in recent months as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of this year.

Last week, gunmen set off two car bombs near a government building in Baquba, capital of the Diyala province. The deadly incident left ten people dead.

Reports show that bombings have been on the rise in Iraq since the beginning of 2011 and violent incidents averaged more than 10 a day in May, up from four to five a day in January.

On Wednesday, a woman and her son were killed in an attack by a US military Apache helicopter while several others were seriously injured.

Over one million Iraqis have died since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to the California-based media research group, Project Censored.