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Suicide Blast Kills at Least 22 in Baghdad

Elizabeth Arrott | Cairo 26 January 2010

Another big explosion shook Baghdad, Tuesday. Officials say at least 22 people have been killed and some 80 others injured, in an attack on a government building. The blast follows a series of bombings Monday.

Officials say a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb outside a state forensics building in central Baghdad. The blast caused major damage to the building, trapping some of those working inside.

A man standing near the rubble expressed the anger and frustration of many people in the capital. He says the bombing was "really cowardly." He challenges the attackers to confront people face-to-face, not through booby-trapped cars.

Monday, three car bombs went off outside hotels popular with foreigners and government officials, killing 36 people and wounding more than 70 others.

There is no end of suspects in the attacks. Many in the government blame al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, saying the militants will do anything to disrupt attempts to bring stability to the country. Others point variously to Baathists loyal to the former government of Saddam Hussein or Sunnis angry at the dominance of the country's Shi'ite majority.

Some government opponents argue that security forces are somehow complicit because the bombers have managed to pass through so many government checkpoints.

The renewed attacks are hurting American hopes for a smooth lead-up to parliament elections in March. The United States is planning for a major drawdown of troops from the country in the coming months.

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