Fatal blasts target Iraq bank

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Iraqi officials say more than two dozen people have been killed and more than 50 wounded in twin bomb attacks in the capital, Baghdad.

Security sources say two suicide bombers drove cars at the main gate of the Trade Bank of Iraq. They blew up as they hit the blast walls.

Nearby was a government office, which issues passports and identity cards.

The area was crowded with people.

Among the dead are several police officers and security guards.

The bombing target, the Trade Bank, is one of the most active financial institutions in the country -energetically encouraging foreign investment.

The attack takes place a week after a siege at Iraq’s central bank – in which fifteen people were killed.

The authorities say militants are trying to exploit the political deadlock, following elections in March, which produced no clear winner nor a new government so far.