Death toll rises to 16, 45 injured in Baghdad twin bombing

09:53, June 21, 2010      

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The death toll from two car bomb explosions near an Interior Ministry office in western Baghdad on Sunday, rose to 16 killed and 45 injured, a ministry source and a witness said.

"Our latest report said that 16 people were killed and 45 others injured by the twin car bomb explosions outside the Iraqi Commercial Bank building and the ministry's nationality office building," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The two explosions took place about two minutes apart at about 11:00 a.m. (0800 GMT) near the private bank building and the government building of the nationality office which is responsible for issuing nationality IDs for Iraqis, the source said.

One of the car bombs detonated close to the entrance of the bank's building while the other one detonated between the nearby nationality office, houses and shops, the source added.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the area as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the victims to nearby hospitals and medical centers.

Xinhua correspondent at the scene saw that the first blast caused heavy damages to the building of the bank while more than ten civilian cars could be seen charred or destroyed by the blasts which also caused damages to the several nearby houses and shops.

Earlier, the source put the toll at one killed and four injured, citing first police reports.

Sporadic attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities nearly three months after the country held its landmark parliamentary election which is widely expected to shape the political landscape of the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua


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