'22 killed' in Baghdad blasts

A string of explosions have torn through central Baghdad, killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens, officials told the Associated Press. Gunmen raided a government building and battled security forces in the streets in the coordinated attacks.

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Baghdad rocked by coordinated suicide attacks

A string of explosions in a space of minutes have torn through central Baghdad, killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens. Credit: APTN
Gunmen raided a government building and battled security forces in the streets in the planned attacks as smoke blackened the city's skies. Credit: APTN
The fighting lasted for about an hour until forces stormed the building and evacuated hundreds of workers who were hiding in their offices. Credit: APTN

Car bombers launch coordinated attacks in Baghdad

At least 21 people, including six policemen and 12 civilians, have been killed in coordinated suicide blasts in the Iraqi capital Baghdad close to the city's Green Zone, police and medics have told Reuters.

Police said two car bombs were detonated, one of them near the justice ministry building, before a suicide car bomber blew himself up near an interior ministry office.

A second suicide car bomber then walked into the justice ministry and militants attacked the building, clashing with Iraqi security forces.

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Gun fights follow deadly blasts in Iraqi capital Baghdad

Gunmen are locked in battle with security forces following a series of deadly blasts in the centre of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Reuters quoted police and medics as saying at least 18 people had been killed and at least a further 50 wounded in the explosions.

Iraqi authorities quoted by the Associated Press, though, downscaled the current tolls to a minimum of 12 deaths and 30 injuries. They also confirmed the ensuing gun fights, claiming the battles had been coordinated by the gunmen.

The blasts are said to have occurred near the area of the city which houses the ministries of justice and foreign affairs.

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