Middle East

Two suicide bombers kill 14 in Iraqi town of Ramadi

Two suicide bombers have killed at least 14 people in the Iraqi town of Ramadi, say officials and police.

The attacks were the second targeting a government compound in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, this month.

Reports suggest one bomber blew up a vehicle, and minutes later another detonated an explosives vest as people gathered at the scene.

At least four police of those killed were police officers. At least 47 people have been wounded.

"A car bomb exploded near the Anbar provincial government offices around 0930 (0630 GMT) followed about 15 minutes later by a suicide bombing," said a police spokesman, Major Rahim Zabin, according to AFP news agency.

The government compound houses the provincial council as well as the police headquarters for Anbar province, Reuters news agency reported.

The bombings came a day after a new police chief for the province reportedly took up his post.

Less than a week ago, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was confirmed for a second term in office following nine months of deadlock.

Situated 100km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, Ramadi was a stronghold of Iraq's Sunni insurgency after the US-led occupation of Iraq in 2003, until local Sunni tribes turned against al-Qaeda in 2007.

Overall the violence has fallen dramatically but periodic attacks remain.

On 12 December, 11 people were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted the same government office in Ramadi.