Twin Bombings Kill 34 in Southern Iraq

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say two bombs have exploded in the southern city of Kut, killing at least 34 people and wounding 60 others.

Police say a roadside bomb exploded first, followed by a car bomb that detonated as people arrived at the scene.

Kut is located about 150 kilometers southeast of the capital, Baghdad.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes a day after a similar coordinated series of explosions in Baghdad killed five Iraqi security force members.

U.S. and Iraqi officials have expressed concern about the country's ability to handle security after U.S. forces withdraw at the end of the year.

Iraqi officials said early this month that they would start talks with the United States about maintaining a training mission in the country after the December pull-out.