Thursday, July 28, 2011

In Iraq, a double bombing kills at least 12 people in Tikrit

Twelve people were killed and twenty-eight injured Thursday, July 28 in a double bomb attack in Tikrit, according to a first assessment of the head of health services in the province. A car bomb exploded outside a first bank, then a suicide bomber has driven his explosives belt at the arrival of aid.

"Among the dead, there are police and military," said the head of the health department of the governorate of Salaheddin. A security official in the province confirmed the death toll, but spoke of thirty-three wounded. The bank is located near Adala place, where a busy market in a time of shopping for Ramadan.

The police stopped traffic in the Sunni city, which was the cradle of the family of former dictator Saddam Hussein, hanged in December 2006. Tikrit, which was one of the strongholds of the Sunni insurgency after the fall of the old regime, in recent months has been the scene of numerous other attacks.

June 8, the Islamic State in Iraq, an offshoot of al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that had thirty-six died in Tikrit, including nearly a supposedly very secure complex downtown.

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