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PublishDate: Thursday, January 5, 2012 13:38

Deadly bomb blasts in Baghdad kills at least 22

Iraq’s power-sharing government has been in crisis since an arrest warrant was issued for vice-president Tariq al-Hashemi on terror charges two weeks ago.

Iraqi police officials said, a motorcycle packed with explosives went off near a bus stop where day laborers gather looking for work in the Sadr city neighborhood, killing eight people KHAAMA reported.
The second explosion was followed about half an hour later after a roadside bomb exploded near a small tea shop in the same neighborhood, killing one.
According to Iraqi security officials as much as 60 others have been injured following the twin explosions.
In the meantime Iraqi security forces defused another roadside bomb about 100 yards from the site of the first explosion, officials said.
The attack comes amid a rise in sectarian tensions following the withdrawal of the last US combat troops in December.
Iraq’s power-sharing government has been in crisis since an arrest warrant was issued for Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi on terror charges two weeks ago.

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