Two suicide bombers attacked a celebration being held the night before a wedding north of Baghdad, killing 26 people, a police officer and a doctor said on Thursday.

 

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The bombings in the al-Hajaj area, north of the city of Tikrit, also wounded 25 people, the sources said.

 

“The first blew himself up at 8.30pm amid men who were dancing during the celebration,” while the second attacked a few minutes later, a police lieutenant colonel said.

 

The bombers detonated explosive belts, the officer said.

 

A doctor at a local hospital confirmed the toll.

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group carries out frequent suicide bombings targeting both civilians and members of the security forces in Iraq.

 

 

 

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