19 killed, 81 injured in Iraq triple car bombings

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BAGHDAD. October 12. KAZINFORM A series of coordinated explosions on Sunday rocked the city of Ramadi, capital of western Iraq's Anbar province, killing 19 people and wounding 81 others, an Interior Ministry source said; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

Two cars carrying bombs, parked outside the compound of the provincial council of Anbar province, were detonated in succession when provincial officials and tribal leaders were holding talks in the compound, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

    Security members and firemen were gathering at the parking lot of the compound in the city, some 110 km west of Baghdad, the source said.

    The twin car bombing killed seven policemen and 10 civilians, wounding 77 people, he said, adding that more than 30 cars caught fire in the blasts.

    Afterwards, a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint outside the main hospital of Ramadi, the source said.

    Policemen opened fire at the driver but failed to stop him, said the source, adding that he blew up the car, killing two policemen and wounding four others.

    The third blast was apparently targeting the casualties of the twin car bombings at the provincial council compound who were transferred to the main hospital of Ramadi for treatment, the source added; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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