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Suicide Bombers Kill At Least 10 In Two North Iraq Attacks

Irbil, Iraq; 1 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Two suicide bombers strapped with explosives blew themselves up at the offices of two Kurdish parties in northern Iraq today.

Unconfirmed reports by witnesses and medical sources say that at least ten people were killed in the attacks in the city of Irbil.

Reports say the blasts hit the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the main factions in Iraq's Kurdish north.

The Associated Press quoted a senior Kurdish minister as saying the death toll could pass 100, and that the dead include key figures in the Kurdish regional administration.

Elsewhere in northern Iraq today, assailants wounded four Iraqi police in the city of Kirkuk.

Also, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of the Iraq war, arrived in Baghdad on a previously unannounced visit this morning.

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