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Suicide bomber attacks police outside bank in Kirkuk, Iraq

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An injured Iraqi bank employee leaves the site of a blast outside her workplace where police officers were collecting their salaries in the ethnically-mixed oil-rich city of Kirkuk, northern Iraq, on September 29.

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Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a blast in Kirkuk on September 29.

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A member of the Iraqi civil defence corps carries a wounded boy rescued from the site of a blast in Kirkuk on September 29.

The AP reports from SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq:

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed car Thursday near a bank where policemen were picking up their paychecks in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing two people and wounding as many as 60, officials said.

Kirkuk police spokesman Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qadir said a policeman and a civilian died in the blast, and that most of the wounded were policemen.

Col. Salam Zangna, a security official in Kirkuk Hospital, confirmed the deaths and said about 60 others had been injured.

"My children are waiting for me to come with the salary today in order to buy school bags and stationary," policeman Mirwan Sadiq said. "Instead the family will receive sad news about me."

He had been standing in line near the bank's front door when the blast knocked him down and into a wall. He was among those wounded in the attack.

"These merciless terrorists do not differentiate between military and civilians," Sadiq added.