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Iraqi bank chief slams 'cowards' after bomb horror

At least 26 people are killed after twin suicide bombing near state owned bank.

Iraqi bank chief slams 'cowards' after bomb horror
BOMB BLAST: Smoke billows from the scene of one of three explosions in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Getty Images)

At least 26 people have been killed in a twin suicide car bombing close to a state-owned bank in Baghdad, officials said on Sunday.

More than 50 others were hurt when the vehicles exploded outside the Trade Bank of Iraq's (TBI) headquarters in the Yarmouk district.

Hussein Al-Uzri, chairman of the TBI, said in a statement: “This attack on our headquarters in Baghdad, which has tragically cost the lives of five guards and wounded six others, was an act of cowardice by malevolent forces who wish to undermine the progress that Iraq is steadily making towards stability, peace and economic prosperity for all its people.

"The bank offers its deepest sympathy, and its support, to the victims of this atrocity, and to their families.

"However, this cowardly attack was a failure. The Trade Bank of Iraq, and Iraq itself, are undeterred.

"The work of building Iraq’s economic strength – which the Trade Bank of Iraq is doing so much, and very successfully, to support, and in which we are making significant progress year by year – goes on uninterrupted, as does the work of the bank, which will be open for business as usual tomorrow."

The blasts severely damaged the building and the nearby offices of an interior ministry identity-card centre.

There has been increased unrest in Iraq since March's parliamentary election.