Baghdad: Some 600 killed and wounded in four blasts

Published December 8th, 2009 - 04:56 GMT

A series of coordinated attacks rocked Baghdad Tuesday, including three car bombs that went off near government sites. At least 127 died and over 440 were hurt, authorities said.

 

A total of four attacks were reported including a suicide car bomb on a police patrol, the AP conveyed.

 

The core of the attacks hit central Baghdad with three car bombs exploding in the span of a few minutes. The targets were the latest assaults directed at Iraqi authorities: near a compound with the Labor Ministry building, a court complex near the Iraqi-protected Green Zone and near the new site of the Finance Ministry after its previous building was destroyed in major attacks in August.

 

An official for Iraq's Interior Ministry said at least 112 people were killed in those three car bombs and at least 192 injured. About an hour before the Baghdad explosions, a suicide car bomber struck a police patrol in the mostly Sunni district of Dora in southern Baghdad, killing at least 15 people, said a police official.

 

Iraqi police said at least one of the Baghdad blasts was a suicide bomber — driving a bomb-rigged ambulance heading for the Finance Ministry. The blast tore through a nearby market and toppled at least one building nearby.

 

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