Reporting from Najaf, Iraq, and Baghdad — At least 27 people, many of them police, were killed and more than 30 wounded Tuesday when a bomb exploded near the home of the provincial governor in the southern Iraqi city of Diwaniya, police and medical sources said.
Gov. Salam Hussein Alwan and his family were uninjured, police said. The blast ripped through the area around his compound in the capital of the normally quiet Qadisiya province. The bombing was followed by a secondary blast when the fuel tank of a police car blew up.
The governor reportedly had been expected to leave his residence about the time of the bombing, just after 7 a.m. A group of journalists had been told to gather by the compound's entrance to accompany the governor on a trip. A cameraman was killed in the blast.
Officials complained that the province had been told of plans for an attack but failed to thwart it.
"Several warnings were received," said Kareem Zghair, head of the provincial council's security committee.
The bombing followed an assault last week by an insurgent group on the main local government building in eastern Iraq's Diyala province, and a deadly attack in March on the seat of the governing body in Salahuddin province in the north.