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Car bomb attacks leave 14 dead in Baghdad
An Iraqi soldier checks a car in Baghdad’s central Karradah district, after two coordinated car bombs killed 14 people on July 31, 2012.
An Iraqi soldier checks a car in Baghdad’s central Karradah district, after two coordinated car bombs killed 14 people on July 31, 2012.
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Those that conduct murder and bombings in Iraq are the same people who are currently engaged in bombing and killing the Syrian people."

Iraqi lawmaker Hakem al-Zameli

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in twin car bombs that exploded in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.


The first explosion occurred on Tuesday afternoon when an explosives-laden vehicle detonated in a shopping center in Karradah neighborhood, killing six and injuring 18 others.

A second blast followed a few minutes later in front of the Iraqi passport office, leaving eight dead and 22 more wounded.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, but al-Qaeda has recently warned it is seeking to take control of the country.

Earlier in July, Iraqi lawmaker Hakem al-Zameli highlighted a “direct connection between the events in Syria and the [persisting] insecurity in Iraq.”

He said “those that conduct murder and bombings in Iraq are the same people who are currently engaged in bombing and killing the Syrian people.”

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