Published: Jun 20, 2010 4:41 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 20, 2010 1:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi officials now say suicide bombers carried out today's twin attacks outside a state-run bank in Baghdad. The nearly simultanelus bombings killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens more.
      
The attacks occurred in an area packed with people at the start of the work week.
      
Security forces swarmed through the debris while cleanup crews used cranes to move the charred wreckage of several vehicles destroyed by the blast.
      
Persistent bombings in Baghdad and surrounding areas have raised fears that insurgents are stepping up attacks in a bid to foment unrest by exploiting the political deadlock following inconclusive March 7 parliamentary  elections.