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Bomber hits Iraq government offices
Female suicide bomber kills at least four people in western province of Anbar.
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2010 17:32 GMT


Al Jazeera's Omar al-Saleh reports from Baghdad on
the deteriorating living conditions for ordinary Iraqis

At least four people have been killed and dozens wounded in a bombing at the provincial government building in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

Police sources told Al Jazeera that a female suicide bomber entered the deputy governor's office and blew herself up. 

More than 20 people were wounded in the blast.

"At least four people were killed and 23 others wounded, including women and children, by a female suicide bomber at the entrance to the provincial government building," an interior ministry official said.

Witnesses said the explosion took place in a room where several people were waiting to see the provincial governor. He was not at the offices when the attack happened.

Ramadi is the provincial capital of Anbar, formerly a stronghold of Iraq's Sunni fighters.

Violence in the region has dropped from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but bombings and assassinations remain common.

On Friday, unidentified assailants killed Sheikh Abdulalim al-Saadi, the imam of a mosque in Ramadi and the brother of the mufti of Iraq.

Two police officers were killed by a roadside bomb in the province on Thursday.

Later that day, officers arrested four armed men wearing explosive belts. The men had a large cache of weapons, including four rockets and nearly three dozen bombs, according to local police.

A series of other attacks in the last two weeks have targeted police, a hospital, and several jewellery shops.

Many Iraqis worry that the ongoing political impasse, with no one able to form a government four months after parliamentary elections, will lead to increased violence.

Joseph Biden, the US vice-president, is in Iraq this week trying to encourage a resolution to the stalemate.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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