3 killed, 34 wounded as car bombs explode in Baghdad

3 killed, 34 wounded as car bombs explode in Baghdad

16Baghdad,  At least three people were killed and 34 others injured in four car bomb explosions across Iraq’s capital Baghdad Wednesday, the country’s interior ministry said.

One of the blasts early Wednesday morning hit a busy intersection in the Shiite district of Sadr City in the eastern part of Baghdad, leaving a civilian dead and six others injured, a ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Another car bomb struck New Baghdad district in the southeastern part of the capital, killing a civilian and wounding eight others.

A civilian was killed and ten others were wounded when a booby-trapped car exploded in a marketplace in Shaab district in northeastern Baghdad, the source said.

The fourth car bomb detonated near the traffic police headquarters in Kadhmiyah district in northern Baghdad, wounding ten people.

The attacks came at the 11th anniversary of the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime when the US-led coalition forces swept Iraq’s capital and toppled the former president of Iraq.

It also came a few weeks before the landmark parliamentary elections April 30 — the first in the country since the withdrawal of the US troops in late 2011.

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