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January 27, 2023

Gunmen storm Baquba council, killing eight

Gunmen have stormed on Tuesday an Iraqi provincial council building in the central city of Baquba, killing at least eight people and wounding dozens, the BBC informs. Officials say the death toll is likely to rise as attackers are still inside the building.  Two car bombs exploded outside the building, allowing insurgents to storm the headquarters during a weekly council meeting, reports say. Twin suicide blasts were also reported to have gone off inside the building. Several people were taken hostage, reports say. Their fate remains unclear. The at­tack in the capital of Diyala province, north-east of Baghdad, mirrored a similar attack by al-Qaeda insurgents on the Salaheddin government offices in Tikrit on 29 March that left 58 people dead. Baquba itself was last the object of two major attacks in January this year, when three people were killed and 30 injured in a suicide bombing outside a police headquarters. A few days earlier, there had been another attack on another police compound that killed 14.

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