Explosions rock Iraqi capital, killing at least 34

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 10:32 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Multiple explosions in Iraq's capital have killed at least 34 people today.

The deadliest attacks took place across the street from the high-rise building housing the Foreign Ministry. Two parked car bombs went off simultaneously in different parking lots, sending plumes of smoke into the sky and shattering the windows of nearby apartment buildings. Police say at least 12 people, including three policemen, were killed in the blast and another 22 were wounded.

Shortly afterward, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a nearby restaurant frequented by officials or visitors waiting for security escorts to take them inside the Green Zone, the walled-off area of Baghdad that houses the prime minister's office and the U.S. and other foreign embassies. Five people were killed and 12 wounded in that attack.

Another car bomb exploded in a busy commercial area. And shortly before sunset, a triple car bombing struck an outdoor market in a mainly Shiite suburb.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they are similar to those that have been carried out by al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq.

Al-Qaida-led militants have been battling for control of mainly Sunni areas to the west of Baghdad.

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APPHOTO XKK108: Civilians inspect the site after a parked car bomb went off at a commercial center in Khilani Square in central Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Multiple bombings rocked central Baghdad on Wednesday, striking mainly near the heavily fortified Green Zone where key government offices are located and killing at least 16 people, Iraqi officials said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (5 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO XKK103: Civilians inspect the site after a parked car bomb went off at a commercial center in Khilani Square in central Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Multiple bombings rocked central Baghdad on Wednesday, striking mainly near the heavily fortified Green Zone where key government offices are located and killing at least 16 people, Iraqi officials said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (5 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO XKK101: Smoke rises after a parked car bomb went off at a commercial center in Khilani Square in central Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Multiple bombings rocked central Baghdad on Wednesday, striking mainly near the heavily fortified Green Zone where key government offices are located and killing at least 16 people, Iraqi officials said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (5 Feb 2014)

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