FLASH: Death toll from 16 Baghdad Iraq bombings rises to 40, at least 149 wounded – Update 57 Dead 179 wounded

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Death toll from Baghdad’s bombings rises to 40, at least 149 wounded – HEALTH OFFICIAL

via DEATH TOLL FROM BAGHDAD’S BOMBINGS RISES TO 40, AT LEAST 149 WOU – AlertNet.

Update: Baghdad blasts kill 57 as Iraq tensions rise

(Reuters) – A rash of bombings hit Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 57 people in the first big attack on Iraq’s capital since a crisis between its Shi’ite Muslim-led government and Sunni rivals erupted days after the U.S. troop withdrawal.

The apparently coordinated bombings were the first sign of rising violence after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki moved to sideline two Sunni Muslim leaders, just a few years after sectarian bloodletting drove Iraq to the edge of civil war.

At least 18 people were killed when a suicide bomber driving an ambulance detonated the vehicle near a government office in the Karrada district, sending up a dust cloud and scattering car parts into a kindergarten, police and health officials said.

“We heard the sound of a car driving, then car brakes, then a huge explosion, all our windows and doors are blown out, black smoke filled our apartment,” said Maysoun Kamal, who lives in a Karrada compound.

In total at least 57 people were killed and 179 were wounded in more than ten explosions in Baghdad, an Iraqi health ministry spokesman said.
via Baghdad blasts kill 57 as Iraq tensions rise | Reuters.

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