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Two explosions rock Algerian capital

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Two car bomb attacks, one of which targeted offices of the U.N. refugee agency, killed at least 45 people in the Algerian capital today, authorities said.

The civil protection agency said one attack killed 30 people and that a second blast left another 15 people dead.

Ron Redmond, chief spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said that a head count was under way to determine where the agency's staff members were.

"There were some injuries among staff but we don't have details on that," he said.

Redmond told The Associated Press that the explosion happened about 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m.) in a street where the offices of the UNHCR and the U.N. Development Program are both located.

"What is suspected to be a car bomb went off in the street," he said.

Suicide bomber kills two guards in Iraq


A suicide car bomber targeted offices of Iraq's former prime minister and a Sunni lawmaker today, speeding toward a checkpoint outside the buildings and killing two guards just outside the fortified Green Zone.

The bombing took place in western Baghdad, less than 150 yards from a series of buildings that included offices of Ayad Allawi, Iraq's first post-Saddam prime minister and a secular Shiite, and those of Saleh al-Mutlaq, the head of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, a Sunni bloc. Neither was at the offices at the time of the explosion.

Al-Mutlaq, speaking from neighboring Jordan, said when the suicide bomber reached the first checkpoint "he claimed that he was an employee and had access."

The offices are in a residential neighborhood, but many of the homes were converted to work spaces because it is convenient to the Green Zone, where the Iraqi government has its headquarters.

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"I turned this house into an office for the Front after all my offices were attacked before," al-Mutlaq said. He said the attack was yet another demonstration that "it is time to rebuild the police and army."

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