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Bomb in Iraqi Political Party Office Kills 8

Iraqi police say eight people were killed and 10 others wounded Thursday in a bomb attack on a Sunni political party's office in Baquba, north of Baghdad.

Police say the bomb exploded inside the headquarters of the Reform and Development Party in Diyala province around the time that some party members were holding a meeting.

In western Iraq, police say a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others. Authorities say the attack happened close to a police station in al-Qaim near the Iraq-Syria border.

A police official said multiple houses collapsed after the bomb exploded, and several civilians are trapped under the rubble.

Violence in Iraq has dropped sharply during the past year, but attacks increased in the weeks leading up to and following the June 30 withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.