Two explosions kill at least 27, wound 50 in Iraq

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Posted: Jul 05, 2011 5:59 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two explosions at a municipal government building in the Iraqi town of Taji on Tuesday killed at least 27 people and wounded 50 others, officials said.

A car bomb and another explosive detonated in a crowded parking lot of the government building in Taji, about 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, security sources told Reuters.

"It was a double explosion. The first was caused by a car bomb. We have no idea what the second was, whether a suicide bomber or a roadside bomb," said Raad al-Tamimi, the head of the Taji municipality.

"The place was crowded with people who were going to process official papers and with police and employees," he said.

Deputy Health Minister Khamis al-Saad said the blasts killed 27 people and wounded 50. An interior ministry source put the initial toll at 35 dead and 28 wounded.

The bombings followed a series of attacks that targeted Iraqi security forces over the last two days, killing at least ten police and soldiers and wounding 22 others.

(Reporting by Khalid al-Ansary and Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Jim Loney; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)