Suicide bombing kills 12 outside bank in Iraq
Baghdad, July 28: A suicide bomber today struck an Iraqi bank in Saddam Hussein's hometown where policemen were picking up their paychecks, killing 12 and wounding 30 people, officials said.
The mid-morning blast was the fourth major attack this year on Iraqi security forces in the northern city of Tikrit, a former hotbed for Sunni insurgents bent on targeting the government and exposing the country's instability.
Salahuddin provincial spokesman Mohammed al-Asi said the explosion went off outside the state-run Rafidain bank where policemen were picking up their monthly pay.
It wasn't known how many policemen were among the dead and wounded.
Television footage of the blast showed a huge white mushroom cloud over the two-story bank, followed by thick black smoke.
Another provincial spokesman, Ali Abdul-Rahman, said at least 12 people were killed and 30 wounded. AP
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