Official: Double bombing kills 6 in western Iraq

February 3, 2011 20:34


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BAGHDAD — A government official on Thursday said a double-bombing has killed six policemen and wounded 22 people in a city in western Iraq that is frequently targeted by insurgents.

Anbar provincial council chairman Jasim al-Halbusi says a roadside bomb exploded Thursday evening in downtown Ramadi, the region's Sunni-dominated capital.

Minutes later, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vest among the crowd of police and bystanders responding to the first blast.

Al-Halbusi said six policemen were killed and 22 people wounded.

Ramadi has been a favorite target for insurgents who have attacked the government headquarters four times over the last year, including a bombing in which the governor lost a leg.

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