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Deadly Twin Blasts Strike Iraqi Capital

Two bomb attacks minutes apart in west Baghdad have killed at least nine people and wounded more than 20 others.

The first of the late-day explosion occurred in the Iskan neighborhood near a group of civilians. The second blast came as emergency services arrived at the scene to treat the wounded.

The ministry official put the toll at nine dead and 21 wounded, while a Defense Ministry official said nine people were killed and 25 injured. Both said security forces members were among the casualties, but gave no specifics.

Despite a decline in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, attacks are still common nationwide.

A total of 185 Iraqis were killed in violence in September, according to official figures.

compiled from agency reports