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09-20-2010, 01:16 PM
Iraq: 12 killed, 45 wounded in two car bombings in Baghdad


BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 12 people were killed and 45 others wounded in two car bomb explosions in western and northern Baghdad on Sunday, an Interior Ministry source said.

"The reports said a total of 12 people were killed and 45 wounded by the two car bomb explosions in Mansour and Kadhmiyah districts," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The two blasts occurred almost simultaneously at about 10:15 a. m. local time (0715 GMT). A booby-trapped car detonated at the al- Zuhour auction near the al-Liqaa Square in Baghdad's western neighborhood of Mansour, killing up to three people and wounding nine others, the source said.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene as sirens of ambulances could be heard at the site of the blast, a witness near the scene said.

Earlier the source put the toll at one killed and three wounded.

Another huge explosion occurred near the Addan Square in the Shiite neighborhood of Kadhmiyah in the north of the capital, killing nine people and wounding 36 others, the source said without giving further details.

Violence and sporadic high-profile attacks are still common in Iraqi cities as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country more than six months after violence-torn Iraq held parliamentary elections on March 7.