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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'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.