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IRAQ - Feb 7 - Two Suicide Bombs Kill 27.

Suicide bombers kill more than 27 people in attacks in two cities in the worst bloodshed since the country's historic Jan 30 election. At least 14 people were killed and 13 wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded outside the main police HQ's in the town of Baquba, north-east of Baghdad. Another 12 died and four were wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a crowd of police officers in a hospital compound in the northern city of Mosul. A large crater was blown in the road and at least five cars were destroyed. Most, if not all, of the victims were thought to be police officers waiting to collect their salaries. Al Qaeda's wing in Iraq claimed responsibility for the Mosul attack in a statement posted on a militant website. The group said: A lion in the martyrs' brigades of Al Qaeda Organisation for Holy War in Iraq attacked a gathering of apostates seeking to return to the apostate police force in Mosul near the hospital. The martyr was wearing an explosives belt and blew himself up after he entered the crowd", it added, vowing to carry out more attacks on "apostates and their masters". Guerrillas trying to overthrow US-backed government have mounted frequent attacks on security forces, but failed in their bid to wreck the Jan 30 election despite sending several suicide bombers to polling centres. Since then there have been dozens on attacks, but few as deadly as Feb 7. A separate mortar attack on the city hall building in Mosul killed one person and wounded three.
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Feb 12, 2005
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