At least 12 killed, 51 injured in Baghdad bombings

11:53, April 05, 2010      

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At least 12 people were killed and 51 others wounded in Baghdad car bomb attacks on Sunday, an Interior Ministry source said.

"We have initial report said that at least 12 were killed and 51 wounded in the car bomb explosion in Baghdad central neighborhood of Salhiyah," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"There are no reports yet about casualties by the two other car bombings," he said.

The massive blast in central Baghdad occurred at about 11:20 a. m. (0820 GMT) when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car near the Iranian embassy and Mansour-Melia Hotel, the source said.

Most of the casualties were employees of a government bank close to the site, he said.

Earlier, the source said that the first blast occurred at about 11:15 a.m. (0815 GMT) near the house of the German ambassador and nearby building of a private security firm in the Amerat Street, which is also close to the Kabab Ninwa restaurant in Baghdad's western neighborhood of Mansour.

About two minutes later, another car bomb went off near the busy intersection of al-Rowad just few hundreds meters away from the first blast, the source added.

The toll could rise as many ambulances, military vehicles and civilian cars were evacuating casualties to Baghdad hospitals, while hundreds of Iraqi security forces spread in the streets, he said.

Sporadic attacks, including deadly bombings, still common in Iraq about a month after the country held its landmark parliamentary elections which is widely expected to shape the future of the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua<i/>
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