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30 killed, dozens injured as 3 blasts rock Baghdad

30 killed, dozens injured as 3 blasts rock Baghdad

Three suicide car bombs targeting the Iranian and Egyptian embassies rocked Baghdad yesterday, killing 30 people in a surge of violence as Iraqis struggle to form a government four weeks after elections.
Officials said the near-simultaneous blasts late morning injured around 168 people while witnesses reported mayhem in central Baghdad as ambulances and emergency workers raced to the sites of the explosions.
"They were suicide attacks against the Egyptian and Iranian embassies," said Major General Qassim Atta, spokesman for the Iraqi security forces' Baghdad operations. He added that one of the bombings may also have been targeting the residence of the German embassy.
Atta later said that Iraqi security forces stopped a car primed with a bomb in Masbah, in central Baghdad, apparently which was to be used in an attack on the headquarters of security police tasked with protecting foreign embassies. The driver was arrested and the bomb defused, he said. The explosions occurred within minutes of each other, shattering windows in nearby buildings, sparking bursts of gunfire.


Updated : 2021-05-06 07:12 GMT+08:00