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At Least 33 Killed In Iraq Suicide Attacks

The Baghdad blast struck the central Al-Mansur hotel (AFP) June 25, 2007 -- At least 33 people have been killed in three separate suicide attacks in Iraq.

In the northern oil city of Baiji, a suicide bomber driving a fuel tanker killed 18 people and wounded 40 in an attack on a police headquarters in the city.

In the other attack, a suicide car bomb killed eight people and wounded 25 in the Shi'ite city of Al-Hillah, south of Baghdad.

Reports say the attack took place near the governor's office in the city, and next to a police academy building. Police officers were among the dead.

And in a third attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded hotel lobby in Baghdad, killing at least seven people.

'Execution House'

Earlier, the U.S. military said U.S. and Iraqi forces had discovered what appeared to be an Al-Qaeda-run "execution house" in the town of Ba'qubah.

A statement said soldiers searching the house found five bodies buried in the yard behind the building and bloody clothes in several rooms inside it.

It said a nearby house had been converted into an illegal prison with several numbered rooms and bars covering the windows. Several blindfolds were found inside.

(compiled from agency reports)

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