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article imageSuicide attacks strike Iraqi city of Baquba

By Alex Harrison     Mar 3, 2010 in World
Thirty-one people are reported dead after two suicide bombs struck the Iraqi city of Baquba early this morning. The attacks appear to have been planned to disrupt parliamentary elections which take place in just a few days.
The attacks hit two police stations and a hospital in the city of Baquba situated 65 km (45 mile) from Baghdad causing widespread damage, aside from the fatalities dozens more are said to be injured. Bombers first targeted two police stations and then as the ambulances carrying the wounded arrived at the hospital a secondary attack was carried out by another suicide bomber. The attacks seem to be the work of Al Qaeda which is still highly active in Diyala province.
The elections, which take place in a few days, are essential for the future of Iraq not least because they are seen as a vital stepping stone for the withdrawal of all US combat troops which is set to happen in august.
Despite the violence people are determined to vote, "Maybe, because of the election, acts of violence will increase, but I don't think it will affect the people," said Najam Abdallah Shemari. "As for myself, I will participate in the election and I will vote, as will my family."
The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
The site of a suicide bomb in Baquba
Al Jazeera English
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