updated 2/18/2010 4:35:27 AM ET 2010-02-18T09:35:27

Nine people were killed and 15 injured in an explosion outside government offices in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Thursday, an Iraqi hospital official said.

A government official from the Anbar province, where the blast took place, blamed the attack on a suicide bomber.

The explosion happened at the gate of a compound that includes the provincial governor's office, police headquarters and courts.

A police official put the initial casualty count at six dead and 10 wounded.

Conflicting counts are common in the chaotic aftermath of an attack in Iraq.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to release the information.

Anbar's governor was badly wounded in an assassination attempt in late December.

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