Bombings kill at least 32 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- More than 30 people are dead in a series of bombings in Iraq that officials say appears to be the work of insurgents trying to chip away at growing public confidence in recent security gains.

In the latest attack, a military spokesman says at least 20 were killed and 30 wounded in a suicide bombing 45 miles northeast of Baghdad. One officer says the attacker was a woman.

In the capital earlier today, a double car bombing hit a busy commercial district, killing at least 12 people. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Baghdad in weeks.

The blasts came as Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi officials. He's also there to preside over tomorrow's handover ceremony marking the transition of command of U.S. forces in Iraq.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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