April 11, 2011 / 9:04 AM / in 7 years

Up to six killed in bomb blasts in Iraq's Falluja

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Two bombs exploded in a crowded central area of the Iraqi city of Falluja on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding 10 others, an Interior Ministry source said.

The source said the detonation of a car bomb killed two police officers who had gone to the scene with a bomb disposal unit, and moments later a second car bomb exploded nearby, killing four civilians.

A police source in Falluja said the first explosion was a roadside bomb, followed by a car bomb. The officer, who asked not to be identified, put the toll at three dead and 10 wounded but said the number was likely to rise.

“The roadside bomb exploded on a main road near a crowded market. When people gathered to evacuate casualties a nearby car bomb exploded,” the officer said.

Falluja, located in Iraq’s mainly Sunni western Anbar province about 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, saw some of the fiercest fighting during the peak of Iraq’s sectarian warfare.

Reporting by Fadhel al-Badrani in Falluja; writing by Jim Loney; editing by David Stamp

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