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Twin car bombs leave nearly 30 dead in Iraq

Two suicide car bombers struck a crowded area outside a state-run bank yesterday in Baghdad, killing nearly 30 people in the latest attack targeting a high-profile part of the capital.

The blast, which tore the glass facade off the three-storey Trade Bank of Iraq building, occurred shortly after 11am as the area was packed with people at the start of the local work week.

Iraqi officials initially said the explosives-packed cars were parked a few hundred metres apart, but later said the attacks were staged by suicide bombers.

Security forces swarmed through the debris while clean-up crews used forklifts to move the charred wrecks of several vehicles destroyed by the blast.

The chairman of the Trade Bank of Iraq — which was established to facilitate international trade and reconstruction efforts after the 2003 US-led invasion — said five guards were among the dead and six others were wounded.

Hussein al-Uzri blamed insurgents trying to undermine Iraq's progress and said they would fail.

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