Five car bombs cause devastation in Iraqi capital


NewStatesman
December 8, 2009

[efoods]A number of large explosions have killed at least 127 people today, and injured 448, in the centre of Baghdad, capital of Iraq.

The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora district of the city. Four others occurred near official buildings – including the interior ministry, the social affairs ministry, a university and the institute of fine arts – within minutes.

Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim al-Moussawi told Reuters that: “Civilians and security personnel have definitely been killed.”

This follows an explosion outside a primary school yesterday, which killed eight people. Among the dead were six children, aged between six and 12. Hospital officials said that 25 children were among the 41 wounded.

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