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Car bombs kill 101 in Baghdad
Baghdad, Dec 8 (Agencies):
Published on 8 Dec. 2009 11:55 PM IST
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Four car bombs exploded in Baghdad this morning in quick succession killing at least 101, according to reports on Iraqi television. The bombs went off at locations across the city and were powerful enough to shake buildings ten miles away. Around 182 people are known to have been injured. This is the third multi-car bomb attack in the Iraqi capital since August, all aimed at government buildings. The previous attacks have, however, involved two car bombs each and the latest comes two days after the Iraqi Parliament voted through new laws that cleared the way for new elections in February or March. One of today's bomb is said to have targeted a training academy for judges near the Al-Nidaa mosque in north-eastern Baghdad. There are also reports of an explosion near the Ministry of Interior Baghdad hospitals report the arrival of dozens of casualties and police said a part of northern Baghdad, Al-Waziriya, has been sealed off in the hunt for the suspected ringleaders. The first explosion was heard at 10.25am local time with the rest following soon after. Sporadic gunfire then sounded and the sirens of emergency vehicles were also heard. Violence across Iraq dropped dramatically last month, with the fewest deaths in attacks since the US-led invasion of 2003. Official figures showed a total of 122 people were killed in November. However the Baghdad Government and the US military have warned of a rise in attacks in the run up to a general election expected to take place in February. The threat of political violence linked to the election is a major concern for the Iraqi Government and US forces after bloody attacks in Baghdad in August and October that killed more than 250 people. The attacks, including truck bombings outside the Finance, Foreign and Justice Ministries, punctured confidence in the Iraqi security forces. General Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq, said in November: "We believe that there will be an attempt to conduct more attacks between now and the election." DEADLIEST ATTACKS SINCE 2003 Oct 2009: 155 killed in twin truck bomb attacks in Baghdad Aug 2007: More than 500 killed in attacks on villages near Sinjar Apr 2007: 191 killed in car bombings in Baghdad Mar 2007: 152 killed in truck bombing in Talafar Nov 2006: 202 killed in multiple blasts in Baghdad Mar 2004: 171 killed in bombings in Baghdad and Karbala

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