Fresh twin bomb attacks in Baghdad raise death toll to 65

10:36, 23 December 2011
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Two fresh bomb attacks rattled the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday evening after a string of coordinated attacks ripped through the city in the day, raising the death toll to 65, a police source said, according to Xinhua.

A car bomb and a roadside bomb exploded in al-Jihad neighborhood in western Baghdad on Thursday evening, killing two civilians and wounding 10 others, the police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Earlier in the day, a spate of car bombs, roadside bombs and rocket attacks rocked the capital, killing 63 people and wounding 185 others. The attacks came just days after the U.S. troops completed its full withdrawal and amidst a political rift between Iraq`s Sunni and Shiite blocs over terror charges brought against Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi by Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for Thursday`s attacks. Maliki said the attacks were politically motivated without naming the possible suspects whereas the Sunni- backed secular faction of Iraqia openly condemned the attacks and called for an "international investigation."

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