Baghdad hit by deadly triple blasts


* From: Al Jazeera *

Three deadly bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 30 people and wounded 224 others, police sources told Al Jazeera.

The explosions in Baghdad on Sunday were the first to shake the capital in recent weeks Photo: AFP

Smoke could be seen rising into the sky above Baghdad on Sunday, as helicopters circled overhead. Gunfire could also be heard echoing across the city.

Police sources said all three blasts were car bombs set off by suicide attackers, one of which went off near the Iranian embassy.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from Baghdad, said the attacks occured only minutes apart.

“The first [explosion] was approximately at 11:10 (8:10GMT) … they seem to have been co-ordinated explosions,” she said. “The roads leading to the Baghdad governorate has been sealed off.”

Major General Qassim al-Moussawi, an Iraqi security forces spokesman, told Al Jazeera that two of those bombings occurred in Baghdad’s Mansour district, in the west of the capital, while the third explosion occurred in Salhiya district, near the Iranian embassy.

Al-Moussawi later said on local television that the attacks were aimed at the Egyptian and Iranian embassies, adding that the third may have targeted the residence of the German ambassador.

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