Twin suicide blasts kill 9 in western Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq Mohammed Fathi says that first, a suicide bomber driving a minibus blew himself up near the government compound.

Fathi said that a few minutes later a man wearing an explosives vest blew himself up about nearby.

Ramadi is the seat of the Anbar provincial government and used to be a stronghold of al-Qaida. But in recent years, local militias have managed to bring a measure of calm to the city and province.

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