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Suicide bombs in Iraq kill 14 in first big attack since government formed

Twin suicide bomb struck outside government offices in western Iraq on Monday morning, killing 14 people in the deadliest attacks since the new government was announced last week.

The crater created by a suicide bomb attack in Ramadi, Iraq. The bombing was the deadliest since Iraq's new government was announced last week.

Reuters

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Suicide bombers struck outside government offices in western Iraq on Monday morning, killing 14 people and wounding dozens in a pair of attacks that were the deadliest since Iraq's new government was announced last week.

The attacks in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 60 miles west of Baghdad, marked the second time this month that the provincial government offices were targeted.

It was the first major attack since Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki assumed temporary control of national security matters. In announcing his new Cabinet last week, Maliki left open the sensitive posts of the ministers of defense, interior and national security, saying he needed several more weeks to vet candidates.

Witnesses said that a driver detonated a car bomb at a security checkpoint near the entrance to the provincial government headquarters at around 9 a.m. A few minutes later, after people had gathered at the blast site, a man who was wearing a police uniform exploded a suicide vest, targeting the crowd.

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