Deadly suicide attack hits Iraq



Attack outside Diwaniya governor’s house kills 22 people and wounds 30

Bombs blasted at a checkpoint outside the provincial governor of Diwaniya’s house, 95 miles (150km) south of Baghdad, on Tuesday.

At least one car bomb exploded as guards changed shifts, and one suicide bomber blew himself up.  Officials said that the majority of the victims were bodyguards.

A spokesman for the provincial council of Diwaniya, Fadhel Mawat, said:  “The initial death toll is 21 killed at a guard’s checkpoint”

According to sources from Diwania’s hospital stated that at least 22 people were killed in the attacks, and over thirty were wounded.

A police official said that it seemed that the plan was for the bombs to explode as the governor left for work in his convoy of vehicles, but had been delayed inside the compound.

Images from the attacks showed extensive damage to the surrounding buildings.

The attack targeted security personnel

Head of the security committee of Diwaniya provincial council, Kareem Isghair, has said that the explosions hit security personnel who were checking in for morning duty.

Provincial governor of Diwaniya, Salim Hussein Alwan, who was unharmed in the attacks, said:  I was in the garage preparing to leave when the attacker hit the police barrier outside”.

Routine daily attacks between Iraq’s armed groups

Diwania is a largely Shia region, and it is said that several of Iraq’s armed groups are active in the area.

Last week, gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a provincial council building in Baquba, located in the central province of Dilaya.  The attack killed at least eight people, before Iraqui forces regained possession of the building with the help of US forces.

Although there has been a sharp fall in bombings and killings in Iraq since the height of sectarian violence in 2006-2007, Shia militias and an ardent Sunni Islamist insurgency linked to al-Quaida continue to carry out daily attacks.


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