A car bomb and suicide bomber have killed at least 21 people in Iraq. The attack happened at a checkpoint just outside the home of the governor of Diwaniyah – Salim Hussein Alwan. He was not hurt in the explosions, but they were strong enough to damage his house.
The majority of the dead are bodyguards and security personnel who were changing shift at the time, as staff checked in for their morning duties. Dozens were wounded in the blasts and are being treated at the nearby hospital.
Diwaniya is 130 kilometres south of Baghdad. It is a poor region, mainly made up of Shi’ite muslims. There are several armed groups operating in the area.
This is the latest in a series of attacks on provincial government targets over the last few months. Last week, gunmen killed nine people in a government building in Baquba. In March, 58 people died when the Salaheddin provincial council was stormed.