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Over 30 Iraqis killed, 160 wounded in three car bomb blasts

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, April 4, IRNA -- Iraqi officials say three car bomb blasts rocked central Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 160 others.

The explosions happened near the Iranian, Egyptian and German embassies in centre of the city.

"They were suicide attacks against the Egyptian and Iranian embassies," said Major General Qassim Atta, spokesman for Iraqi security forces in Baghdad.

The Iraq Interior Ministry said two of the blasts were in the Mansour district of west-central Baghdad, near the German embassy and Egyptian embassies.

The third blast occurred near the Iranian embassy not far from the Green Zone, which houses many Iraqi government offices and the US embassy.

IRNA reporter in Baghdad said that many of the dead were said to be employees at a nearby state-run bank.

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials said on Saturday gunmen have sprayed bullets on people in execution style killing 24 men and women in a village south of Baghdad.

An interior ministry official said that the victims, 19 men and five women, were handcuffed and shot in the head on Friday night. They were members of the same family linked to anti-al Qaeda.

End News / IRNA / News Code 1035482



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