31 Dec 2009

Bombers kill 24 in Iraq

5:06 pm on 31 December 2009

Twenty-four people have been killed in a double suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad.

The governor of the province of al-Anbar, Qassim Mohammed, was among 60 people wounded. The BBC reports his condition is described as very serious.

Police said the first bomber was in a car, while the second was on foot and wearing army uniform.

The governor was wounded in the second blast, which occurred about half an hour after the first. He was inspecting damage from the first bomb when the second exploded.

The attacks were aimed at provincial government buildings. Eighteen policemen, including some senior officers, were reported to be among those who died.