Iraq twin bomb attack kills 12, hurts 34
A twin bomb attack outside a bank in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit on Thursday, 28 June, 2011, killed 12 people and wounded 34 others.
Two bomb attacks targeting the state-run Al-Rafidain Bank in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, 130 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, have killed 12 and wounded a further 34.
The attacks, one from a bomber and the other from a car bomb, came as policemen were lining up on Thursday outside the bank to pick up their monthly paychecks, the Associated Press reported.
"A car bomb exploded outside the Al-Rafidain Bank in the center of Tikrit, and one minute later a bomber exploded his vest as people gathered,” said the head of the Health Department of Salaheddin province, Dr Raad al-Jubburi.
According to the report, six soldiers and three policemen were among the dead.
Bombings and other forms of violence are a near-daily occurrence in war-torn Iraq.
June, however, was the deadliest month this year for both Iraq as well as the US, with the occupiers losing 14 of their soldiers.
Over a million Iraqi citizens have faced 'violent deaths' since the US-led military invasion of Iraq began in 2003, according to a study conducted by the British polling group, Opinion Research Business (ORB).