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Deadly blast hits Iraqi party HQ


The aftermath of the car bomb attack in Falluja

A car bomb attack on the headquarters of a Sunni party in Iraq has killed at least four people and wounded at least 23 in the central city of Falluja.

The offices of Vice-President Tareq Hashemi's Islamic party were almost completely destroyed.

Another bomb reportedly went off as the wounded were being taken to hospital, but no further injuries were reported.

Falluja was once a stronghold of Islamist insurgents, but security has improved considerably in recent months.

Initially seven people were reported to have been killed in Saturday's car bombing - but later reports spoke of at least four deaths.

Attacks increased in June in a number of Iraqi cities, in the run-up to an American pull-back from urban areas.

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