On midday Tuesday, a car bomb and roadside bomb inflicted heavy damage on a municipal building in the town of Taji, north of Baghdad, multiple outlets have reported. According to what appears to be the latest of the rising death toll estimates, at least 35 people were killed and another 47 were wounded in the attacks, the Associated Press is reporting. From their account:
The attack started when insurgents first detonated a car bomb around noon in the parking lot of Taji’s local council building, police officials said. That blast was followed by a roadside bomb that went off as civilians and security forces gathered to help the victims from the first explosion, the officials said. Most of the victims happened to be outside the council building at the time of the blasts.
The New York Times version adds:
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but it was in the same style as similar strikes by Al Qaeda in Iraq, which frequently singles out the state infrastructure, including government buildings, police stations, army barracks or security forces on patrol.
Pictured above, a vehicle near an area hospital shuttles empty coffins to claim victims of the Taji attacks.