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BAGHDAD, Iraq: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb outside the Iraqi Oil Ministry on Sunday, the ministry spokesman said. Two officials said at least two security guards were killed.
The blast happened at about 1:20 p.m. (0920GMT) near the gate to the heavily fortified building in eastern Baghdad, ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said.
Two other Oil Ministry officials, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said the blast killed at least two security guards and wounded several other people.
The attack came as Iraqi security forces launched a high-profile campaign in Baghdad, dubbed Operation Lightning, aimed at curbing insurgent bombings and assassinations that have killed more than 700 people since the April 28 announcement of the new Iraqi government. - AP
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