112 Killed in Baghdad Bombings

Coordinated explosions tear through city
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 8, 2009 2:56 AM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2009 6:33 AM CST
Iraqi security forces and rescuers search for survivors near the new Finance Ministry in Baghdad today.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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(Newser) – At least 112 people were killed and scores wounded when three cars rigged with explosives and a suicide bomber exploded across Baghdad today. One bomb targeted a busy market in the central city while another detonated near the Labor Ministry in northeast Baghdad, reports MSNBC. The suicide bomber attacked a police patrol. The blasts all occurred within minutes of one another and demonstrated the ease of insurgents to strike high-profile targets.

The blasts occurred as officials prepared to announced the date for next year's parliamentary election. Today's attack was the most serious violence in the city since October when twin car bombs killed 155 people.

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