Twin car bomb explosions leave heavy casualties in Baghdad

09:59, June 21, 2010      

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Two car bomb explosions hit central Baghdad on Sunday, leaving at least 26 killed and 53 others wounded.

The blasts occurred at about 11:00 a.m. (0800 GMT) near the Iraqi Trade Bank building and the government building of the nationality office which is responsible for issuing IDs for Iraqis.

Blood, clothes and shoes were seen everywhere on the ground while security soldiers and rescuers were evacuating and saving the wounded, according to a Xinhua correspondent at the scene.

Besides the lacerated cars used to launch the attacks, more than 10 other vehicles nearby were severely destroyed. The Iraqi Trade Bank building was also badly damaged during the explosions.

Panic was among locals living nearby after the tremendous explosions. Some people sat in front of their destroyed houses, crying.

"I don't know what those politicians in the Green Zone are doing all these years after the invasion; we are still asking where is the security? Where is the electricity? Where is the drinking water? We are prisoners living in our neighborhoods and death is still running after us," Hassan Tu'ma, 42, a shop owner in the nearby Manour district told Xinhua.

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