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At least 24 people were killed and over 70 injured
At least 24 people were killed and over 70 injured when a suicide car bomb exploded at a crowded market near a police station in the Iraqi town of Tikrit. Tikrit - a predominately Sunni city about 130 km (80 miles) north of Baghdad - is a home town of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The blast came a day after a major bomb attack in Baghdad and a seizure of the governor of the western Anbar province. Police Lt. Col. Saad Daham said when security prevented the attacker from exploding the vehicle in front of the station in Tikrit, he swerved into a crowd of people at the nearby market, informs Web India. According to Xinhuanet, the bombing occurred at 7:15 am (0315 GMT) when security prevented the attacker from exploding the car in front of the police station. He then ran into a crowd of people at a small market nearby, police said. A policeman was among the victims. About 69 civilians and one policeman were wounded, according to police. Violence showed no signs of let-up in Iraq as a pair of suicide bombers on Tuesday killed seven people in Baghdad and insurgents kidnapped a governor in a western province demanding US pullout. On Friday, a suicide car bomber destroyed a police minibus at acheckpoint in Tikrit, 130 km north of Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding seven. The attack prompted US forces to step up security in the city, and local police and officials to announce a new rule barring anyone from driving alone in Tikrit
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