Iraq dusk blasts - 18 dead

2012-07-22 21:59


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Baghdad - Security officials say 18 people have been killed and more than 50 wounded in explosions within minutes of each other in two southern Iraqi towns.

At the end of the day's Ramadan fast at sundown, two cars exploded in a parking lot for minibuses in the Sunni-dominated town of Mahmoudiya, about 30km south of Baghdad. Police and health officials said 10 people were killed, including two policemen, and 36 were injured.

Ten minutes later, about 20km away, two roadside bombs struck an open-air market in Madain, another Sunni town southeast of the capital. Officials said six people were killed and 15 wounded.

All officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release the information.

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