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Suicide Attack Kills at Least 20 Outside Iraqi Bank

A suicide bomber blew himself up today in a crowd of civilians gathered outside a bank in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, killing at least 22 people and injuring 80 others, including Kurdish officials, Iraqi policemen and women and children, police and hospital officials said. It was the deadliest attack in Kirkuk since the start of the guerilla war, police officials said. The blast took place at 10:30 a.m., as retirees were lining up in front of Al Rafidain Bank to collect their pensions, said Maj. Gen. Shirko Shakir Hakeem, the head of the Kirkuk police force. The bomber was wearing a belt packed with more than 100 pounds of explosives. Full Story

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