33 killed in Iraq as bombers target foreign embassies

11:01, April 05, 2010      

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Houses damaged by suicide car bomb explosions are seen near the Iranian Embassy to Iraq in Baghdad, capital of Iraq, April 4, 2010. Three suicide car bomb blasts targeted the Iranian Embassy, the consulate office of the Egyptian Embassy and the residence of the German ambassador in Baghdad on Sunday. (Xinhua/Xu Yanyan)

by Jamal Hashim

A new wave of violence killed as many as 33 people and wounded more than 200 in Iraq on Sunday, as Iraqi political factions are struggling to form a new government almost a month after the nation-wide parliamentary election.

Baghdad witnessed the deadliest attack in the day when three suicide bombers detonated car bombs within minutes of each other targeting foreign embassies, killing 30 people and wounding 224 others, including security forces, said an Interior Ministry source.

The three suicide bombers struck the Iranian embassy, the consulate office of the Egyptian embassy and the residence of German ambassador in central and western Baghdad in a coordinated attack following mortar attacks on Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.

The first suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden car near the residence of the German ambassador in Baghdad's western district of Mansour at about 11:15 a.m. local time (0815 GMT), the Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

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