Four bombs hit central Baghdad, killing 23




 
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February 5th, 2014  
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Topic: Four bombs hit central Baghdad, killing 23


By Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Four bombs exploded in central Baghdad near the heavily-fortified "Green Zone" and a busy square on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people, Iraqi security sources said. The blasts came a day after two rockets were fired into the Green Zone, home to the prime minister's office and Western embassies, and are likely to heighten concerns about Iraq's ability to protect strategic sites as security deteriorates. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Sunni Islamist militants have been regaining ground in Iraq, particularly in the western province of Anbar, where they overran two cities on January 1. On Wednesday, security sources said two parked car bombs went off opposite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, killing 11.

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