136 killed in twin car blasts in Baghdad

Iraqi medical and security officials say the death toll in the country’s worst bombings of the year has risen to 136.

The powerful suicide bomb blasts went off less than a minute apart Sunday in parking lots near the headquarters of the Baghdad provincial administration and the Justice Ministry.

Twin Car Blast

Twin Car Blast

Nearly 600 people were injured, overwhelming emergency responders who turned to civilian cars to transport the casualties to hospitals across the capital.

The medical and security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Two powerful car bombs exploded in downtown Baghdad on Sunday in a powerful blow to the heart of the fragile city’s government, Iraqi medical officials and authorities said.

While violence has dropped dramatically in the country since the height of the sectarian tensions, such bombings like Sunday’s demonstrate the precarious nature of the security gains…

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