Baghdad bomb attacks kill 18

10:59, 24 November 2008

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A roadside bomb killed 13 female government employees on a bus on their way to work in eastern Baghdad on Monday, and a female suicide bomber killed five people outside Baghdad`s Green Zone compound, police said, according to Reuters.

The attacks are the latest in a series of explosions in the Iraqi capital, where violence has broadly fallen but insurgents have shown themselves still able to stage large-scale attacks.

Police said the women state employees worked at the Trade Ministry.

The U.S. military had no details of the roadside attack, but said a possible suicide bomber had killed two Iraqi soldiers and three other people near Baghdad`s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses some of government ministries.

The police and the U.S. military said the reports were preliminary and the toll from both attacks could rise.

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