Two suicide bombers detonated cars laden with explosives outside the Trade Bank of Iraq yesterday, killing 26 people in the latest attack to raise concerns about the nation’s stability after an inconclusive election.


Fifty-three people were wounded in the blasts that blew in the windows of the bank, one of the public sector’s most active financial institutions, which is at the forefront of efforts to encourage foreign investment as the sectarian bloodshed set off after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion fades.


A week earlier, gunmen and suicide bombers laid siege to the central bank in Baghdad, killing 18 people and fueling fears that insurgents are trying to exploit a political vacuum that followed the March 7 election that produced no outright winner.