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Bombs kill 23 in Iraq's western Anbar province

BAGHDAD (AP) - Two explosions shook a western Iraqi province today, killing 23 people, including 13 policemen. The bombings also injured Anbar's governor.

It's the worst violence in months to hit the province as it struggles to stamp out the remnants of the al-Qaida insurgency.

Anbar was once the heartland of support for al-Qaida linked militants before American officials paid Iraqi fighters to join a pro-government force.

Police say a suicide bomber in a car caused the first blast on the main road near the provincial administration buildings in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad.

Police say a second suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives after the governor, the deputy police chief and other officials came to inspect the damage.

The deputy police chief was killed and the governor and other officials were among 57 people wounded.


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