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At least 35 killed in twin explosions near Baghdad

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The incident occurred in Taji, just north of the capital
  • Among the casualties are police officers
  • The numbers may rise, authorities say
  • Bombings remain a daily occurrence in Iraq
RELATED TOPICS
  • Car Bombings
  • Iraq
  • Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- At least 35 people were killed and 28 wounded in a twin bombing near a local government building just north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a police official said.

The attack, which took place in Taji, began with a car bomb followed by a roadside bomb.

Among the casualties are police officers, the official said. Authorities fear the numbers will rise.

While violence has dramatically dropped since the height of sectarian violence a few years ago that nearly tore the country apart, attacks and bombings remain a daily occurrence.

The recent increase in attacks pushed June's death toll to the highest this year for Iraqi security forces and civilians. More than 270 people, including 155 civilians, were killed in attacks, Iraqi authorities said.

Fourteen U.S. soldiers were also killed in combat-related incidents in June, the largest loss of life among U.S. troops in Iraq since 2008, according to CNN figures.

The roughly 47,000 American troops in Iraq are due to withdraw by January 1, 2012, under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact, though Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is consulting with lawmakers over whether to request troops stay beyond the deadline.

From journalists Fattah Mahmood Fattah and Muhaiman Najm

 
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