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Two car bombs kill 30 in Iraqi capital-police

Twin suicide car bombs targeting two government buildings including the justice ministry killed at least 30 people and wounded 40 in central Baghdad today, police said, in the bloodiest attack in the capital for months.

Violence has fallen in Iraq since US-backed tribal sheikhs helped wrest control from al Qaeda militants and Washington sent extra troops, but attacks are still common in a nation trying to rebuild after decades of conflict, sanctions and strife.

Two strong blasts shook buildings and smoke billowed from the area in central Baghdad near the Tigris river. Police said the suicide car bombers were aiming at the justice ministry and the Baghdad provincial government building.

In August, two truck bombs killed almost 100 people in attacks on the foreign and finance ministries.


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