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Suicide bomb killing 12 rattles Anbar ahead of Iraq elections

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A suicide bomber killed at least 12 people Thursday and wounded almost two dozen others, rattling Iraq’s Anbar Province in what locals said was an attempt to discourage participation in next month’s elections.

The bomber exploded at the southern entrance to the governmental compound in Ramadi, which includes the Anbar provincial council, the governor’s office and the police headquarters, the New York Times reports. Other news agencies had varying estimates on the number of casualties, with Reuters putting it at 11 and Agence France-Presse putting it at 10.

In any case, it was the most deadly in a recent spate of attacks. Violence has been rising in Iraq ahead of the March parliamentary elections and has struck Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, more than once recently. Thursday’s blast decimated a police checkpoint, Reuters reports.

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