Baghdad: At least 35 people were killed
and 28 wounded in a double bomb attack in the city of Taji
north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said.
"Thirty-five people were killed and 28 wounded when a
car bomb and an improvised bomb exploded simultaneously
outside a government office where national identification
cards are issued, and the provincial council offices," the
He said the blasts struck at 12 pm (local time).
Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta confirmed
He also said that at least five people were killed by
a rocket strike on the grounds of Baghdad`s Al-Rasheed hotel
"A Katyusha rocket struck at 9 pm (local time)
yesterday in the grounds of the Rasheed Hotel where workers
live in mobile homes," he said.
"Five people were killed and 25 trailer homes were
destroyed," he said.
Atta said that security forces had arrested two men in
the south Baghdad Shiite district of Zafraniyah, from where
the attack was launched.
He said another Katyusha rocket launcher and a video
camera were seized from the men.
The violence came after June saw the highest monthly
death toll for Iraqis so far this year. A total of 271 were
killed in attacks, according to government figures.