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.
More top news
Figures show costs different widely for families across the UK as the government rejected Labour criticism it has failed working families.
Conte wants Van Dijk and Alex Sandro at Chelsea with Sanchez angling for City move
There were six fatal police shootings in England and Wales in 2016/17 - the highest number recorded since 2004/05, figures show.