Tuesday, July 05, 2011 

TWIN suicide attacks ripped through the city of Taji north of Baghdad, killing at least 35 people, officials said, after Iraq suffered its deadliest month so far this year in June.

“Thirty-five people were killed and 28 injured when a car bomb and an improvised bomb exploded simultaneously outside a government office where national identification cards are issued, and the provincial council offices,” the official said.

A police officer in Taji said that one suicide bomber in a car and a second with an explosives belt had caused the carnage. “A car bomb exploded at the entrance of the identity-cards office, which is next to the provincial council building. “When people gathered, a suicide bomber in their midst exploded his belt,” he said.

He added that the mayor of Taji, security officials from the city and tribal leaders were in a meeting today at the provincial council offices when the bombers struck. There was no immediate word on who the casualties were.

The violence came after June saw the highest monthly death toll for Iraqis so far this year. A total of 271 were killed in attacks, according to government figures. Fourteen US soldiers were also killed in attacks in June, making it the bloodiest month in three years for American troops, who are due to pull out by the end of the year under the terms of a bilateral security pact.

The spike in violence comes as US officials have repeatedly asked Baghdad if it wants some troops to stay beyond the scheduled pullout deadline. Baghdad has blamed al-Qaeda for the increased death toll for Iraqis, which was up 34 per cent on May.

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