Coordinated bombings rock Iraqi capital

Coordinated bombings destroyed seven buildings across Baghdad on Tuesday, authorities said.

Coordinated bombings rock Iraqi capital

Coordinated bombings destroyed seven buildings and killed at least 35 people across Baghdad on Tuesday, authorities said.

Rescuers swarmed over the debris of a collapsed three-story building in the Alawi district of central Baghdad, looking for survivors. The building had a cafe filled with patrons on the ground floor and apartments above, witnesses said.

"Suddenly we heard a big explosion and then this building collapsed. Many people are still under the debris," a man said at the scene.

The explosions destroyed residential buildings, with Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta saying four of the bombs detonated inside the buildings.

A source said, that 35 people were killed and 140 wounded.

The bombings took place in the Shula and Chukook districts of northwestern Baghdad, the al-Shurta al-Rabaa area of southwestern Baghdad and the Alawi district in the centre of the city, the sources said.

A suicide bomber struck near the former British embassy in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

The explosions hit the capital two days after coordinated suicide car bomb attacks on embassies killed 41 people and wounded more than 200. The Iranian, Egyptian and German embassies appeared to be the targets.

Gunmen also attacked a village south of Baghdad and killed 24 people on Friday.

The top two coalitions, the cross-sectarian Iraqiya bloc of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and the State of Law alliance led by Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, finished just two seats apart. Neither won enough to form a majority government.

All of the major coalitions are involved in talks to form a new government.



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Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Nisan 2010, 12:16

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