30 people killed, 224 wounded in Baghdad suicide car ings

11:53, April 05, 2010      

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Three suicide car bombs targeted Iranian embassy, the consulate office of the Egyptian Embassy and house of German ambassador in Baghdad on Sunday, killing 30 people and wounding up to 224 others, security and witnesses said.

"The latest reports said that 30 people were killed and 224 others injured, including security members, by the three attacks," an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Three massive explosions rocked western and central the Iraqi capital in a quick succession, the source said.

The first blast occurred at about 11:15 a.m. (0815 GMT) when a suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden car near the house of the German ambassador in Baghdad's western district of Mansour, destroying the house and causing severe damages to nearby buildings, including the Spanish and the Syrian embassies, the source said.

The second massive explosion occurred about two minutes later when another suicide bomber detonated his explosive-packed car near the Egyptian consulate in the same district, destroying several houses and caused damages to the consulate building, the source added.

One of the Iraqi guards of the Egyptian consulate was among the killed and four others were wounded by the blast that left a crater in the street at about five meters wide, the source said.

"Our house is totally destroyed, what have we done to be punished this way, we are now homeless," a woman in her 40s told Xinhua as she was crying with her three younger sisters for their destroyed house near the Egyptian consulate in the high-class neighborhood of Mansour.

The third attack took place at about 11:20 a.m. (0820 GMT) when another suicide bomber blew up his car outside the Iranian embassy and the Mansour-Melia Hotel which is also close to the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses some Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies, including the U.S. one.

The large blast shattered windows and caused severe damages to the Iranian embassy building as well as the Mansour Hotel which is located on the western bank of the Tigris River and is used by some foreign media and Iraqi officials.

Iraqi official television of Iraqia aired live footage from the scene of the explosion in central Baghdad, showing police vehicles and ambulances evacuating wounded people to Baghdad hospitals, while the security was beefed up as smoke covered the area close to the Iranian embassy.

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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