Twenty six people died and more than 100 have been wounded in a dual suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.
The first device was set off by a suicide car bomber as Qassim Mohammed. The Sunni governor of the province of Anbar, west of Baghdad, is reported to have been passing.
He stopped his convoy to console victims when another bomber, this time on foot, approached the crowd surrounding the governor and detonated explosives. Mohammed was taken to hospital by US forces.
Earlier this month 118 people were killed and many more wounded in a wave of violence. Attacks on government buildings demonstrated the ability of the insurgents to strike seemingly at will, raising fears that the violence will increase ahead of Iraq’s general election scheduled for March 2010.
Anbar was the centre of a Sunni insurrection after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Analysts believe pro Saddam Baathists are now working in tandem with al-Qaeda.