Twin bomb attacks kill eight in Iraq
At least eight people have been killed after two bomb explosions ripped through Ramadi in Iraq's western province of al-Anbar.
An abandoned car rigged with explosives was blown up in the center of Ramadi, located 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Baghdad, at around 7:15 p.m. local time (1615 GMT) on Thursday. Several people ran up at the sound of the blast.
Just then, a bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest. Eight people, among them five police officers, were killed in the attacks and 15 civilians wounded.
The shock wave released by the blasts also inflicted damage on surrounding facilities and nearby buildings.
Police cordoned off the area after the incidents and launched an investigation.
Medical workers ferried bodies and those wounded to a nearby hospital, PressTV reported.
The attacks are the latest in a new spate of deadly bombings that have claimed dozens of lives across war-torn Iraq over the past week.
At least 48 people, including 11 children, were killed and 65 wounded last Thursday when a car bomb targeted a funeral ceremony in Baghdad's predominantly Shia district of Shula.
Recent terrorist attacks in Iraq have mainly targeted the majority Shia community and security forces.
Sporadic high-profile bomb explosions have raised concerns about an uptick in violence in Iraq. They also pose a major challenge to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki whose coalition government took office last month.