Explosions rock downtown Baghdad, killing 5

BAGHDAD – Car bombs ripped through downtown Baghdad early Tuesday, killing five and wounding at least 16 people in the latest attack near government buildings in the Iraqi capital, police and health officials said.

An Iraqi man walks through debris

At least three blasts occurred within minutes of each other near the heavily protected Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy, the Iraqi parliament and other government offices. The attacks raise fresh questions about the government’s ability to protect itself and its citizens as U.S. forces prepare to leave Iraq.

“There were two military checkpoints using detectors at the beginning of the street, how can such car bombs manage to enter and explode?” said a woman who identified herself as Um Ali, her cheeks smeared with blood….

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