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3 back-to-back explosions rock central Baghdad

3 back-to-back explosions rock central Baghdad

Three loud explosions shook central Baghdad in quick succession Sunday, breaking a period of relative calm in the Iraqi capital after elections last month.
One of the blasts struck near the Iranian Embassy, said Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Mousawi, a spokesman for the city's operations command center. The other two were in western Baghdad.
The cause of the explosions and whether there were any casualties was not immediately known.
The force of the blasts shook buildings and rattled windows in the center of the capital. At least two plumes of gray smoke rose above the capital, one near the center of the city and another in the western part of the capital.
Sunday's blasts come two days after an execution-style attack in which at least 24 Sunnis were killed. The slayings reignited fears of the sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007.
The bloodshed comes amid increasing concerns that insurgents will take advantage of Iraq's political turmoil to further destabilize the country, nearly a month after parliamentary elections failed to give any candidate a decisive win. Many fear a drawn-out political debate could spill over into violence and complicate American efforts to speed up troop withdrawals in the coming months.