updated 6/2/2011 4:03:59 PM ET 2011-06-02T20:03:59

Iraqi officials say nine people were killed in western Iraq in a series of explosions targeting a market as well as rescuers who arrived on the scene after the initial blasts.

A police official and a hospital official in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, said the blast Thursday night also injured 25 people.

Ramadi is 70 miles west of Baghdad.

Another police official said two roadside bombs went off near the market and then a parked car bomb exploded when police arrived on the scene. Another bomb exploded near the hospital. Insurgents often time their bombings to maximize the number of people killed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

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