At least 11 killed, 30 injured in Baghdad bombings

16:59, April 06, 2010      

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Smoke billows in the sky over Baghdad following a large explosion that rocked the centre of the Iraqi capital on April 6, 2010, two days after triple suicide car bombings killed 30 people there. (Xinhua/ AFP Photo)

At least 11 people were killed and 30 others were injured in five explosions that rocked the Iraqi capital on Tuesday morning, an Interior Ministry source said.

"Our reports till now put the toll at 11 killed and 30 others wounded from the five blasts this morning in Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The massive blasts started at about 8:45 a.m. (0545 GMT) in the Chikok area in Baghdad northern neighborhood of Kadhmiya, causing the collapse of two residential buildings, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

About 10 minutes later, another massive blast destroyed a third building in the Shula neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad, the source said, adding that another powerful explosion occurred in a fourth building in the southwestern Shurta al-Rabia neighborhood.

A fifth explosion rocked the Hifa street in central Baghdad, the source said without giving further details about the incident, but said the blast was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber.

The toll could rise as many ambulances, military vehicles and civilian cars were busy evacuating casualties to Baghdad hospitals. Plumes of smoke could be seen above the bombarded areas.

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