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Twin Bombings in Baghdad Kill 11       03/30 06:30

   BAGHDAD (AP) -- A pair of car bombings in a Baghdad suburb on Monday killed 
at least 11 people and wounded dozens, officials said, hours after the arrival 
of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for talks with the Iraqi 
officials.

   Shortly before noon, the two explosive-laden cars went off simultaneously in 
a commercial area of the Shiite-dominated Husseiniyah district in northeastern 
Baghdad, a police officer said. Two policemen were among the dead. At least 26 
people were wounded in the attack, he added.

   A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on 
condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media.

   The U.N. mission in Iraq, known as UNAMI, announced Ban's arrival on its 
Twitter account, but gave no details on the talks. He met with Iraqi President 
Fuad Masum, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and parliament speaker Salim 
al-Jubouri. Ban is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

   The attack and the visit come as Iraqi government forces, backed by 
airstrikes from the U.S.-led international coalition, are battling Islamic 
State militants to recapture the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad. The 
extremist group occupies large areas in northern and western Iraq captured 
during a lightning blitz last summer.


(KA)


 
 
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