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Deadly Bomb Attack Hits Iraqi Oil City

14 June 2005 -- A bomb exploded outside a bank in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk today, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 50 others.

Iraqi authorities say the bomb was planted near a line of people waiting outside a bank in the center of the city 290 kilometers north of Baghdad.

The explosion set fire to parked automobiles.

Earlier today, a bomb exploded north of Baghdad, killing and wounding several people.

There has been a surge of bombings since a Shi'ite-led government was formed two months ago, with many targeting Iraqi security forces.


For the latest news and analysis on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".