Iraq Bombers Kill 41

70 injured as violent surge continues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 9, 2009 6:50 AM CDT
Iraqi police stand at the site of a roadside bomb attack near a market in the Shiite enclave of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 9, 2009.    (Karim Kadim)
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(Newser) – Two suicide bombers killed at least 34 people and injured 70 in an attack on the home of an anti-terrorism officer in northern Iraq today, while three roadside bombs in Baghdad killed seven others, authorities said. The attacks continue a surge of violence in Iraq's troubled north following the withdrawal of US combat forces from cities to bases outside urban centers at the end of June.

Police said the first bomber, wearing a police uniform, knocked on the door of the anti-terrorism police officer. When the officer opened the door, the bomber detonated his explosive belt, killing the officer, his wife, and son. As people gathered near the scene, another suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt. In Baghdad, two roadside bombs exploded near an outdoor market in the Shiite district of Sadr City, killing six and injuring 31, an official said.