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Suicide attacks kill two west of Baghdad following bloody day

File photo: Suicide attacks have become a frequent occurrence in Baghdad

Two suicide bombers attacked a police station west of Baghdad on Thursday, leaving two security personnel dead and eight others wounded, police and medics said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts in Abu Ghraib, about 25 km (15 miles) from the Iraqi capital, but they followed the bloodiest day in the city this year that saw at least 80 people killed by Islamic State bombs.

The police sources said Thursday’s bombers had approached the building from two directions before detonating their explosives-filled vests.

Baghdad Operations Command, one of the security apparatuses charged with protecting the capital, said in a statement a third assailant had been killed before any of them managed to enter the police station.

Baghdad was the target of daily bombings a decade ago and violence against security forces and Shi’ite Muslim civilians is still frequent, even as Islamic State has suffered setbacks on the battlefield in the country’s west and north.

A recent surge in bombings has increased criticism of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who already faces a political crisis over his attempts to overhaul his cabinet as part of an anti-corruption bid.

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