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Suicide bomber kills 37 in western Iraq -police officers, medical official

An Iraqi militia fighter from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigade), waves a flag next to a rocket launcher during heavy clashes in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province about 88 kilometres (55 miles) south of Kirkuk on August 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JM Lopez

BAGHDAD: Thirty seven people were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed Humvee military vehicle into a construction site, used by the army and police, according to two police officers and a medical official.

The blast killed 22 security personnel and 15 civilians, the medical and police sources said. The nine-storey building under construction, used as a base by security personnel, was located in the centre of Ramadi in western Anbar province.

Ramadi and its sister city Falluja have been plagued by fighting between the security forces and the extremist Islamic State and other armed groups since January. 

 

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