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Back-to-back bombs kill nine in Kirkuk


A suicide car bomber rammed into a crowded market in northern Iraq moments after a booby-trapped vehicle exploded yesterday, killing at least nine people and injuring 60, police said.

The back-to-back blasts came as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced stop in Baghdad before heading for talks in Israel.

The attacks in Kirkuk, about 290km north of Baghdad, again showed the willingness of extremists to strike busy urban areas for maximum bloodshed.

Shops and a bus depot were filled with people when the first explosion occurred. Minutes later, a suicide car bomber slammed into the area in a mostly Kurdish district of the city, police said. The blasts also damaged about 20 shops.

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