At least 95 killed in attacks on Baghdad

Powerful truck bombs were detonated at government offices in central part of the capital

Two truck bombs have killed at least 95 people and injured 600 more at the Foreign and Finance Ministries in central Baghdad. Wednesday’s bombings represent the most deadly attack on Iraqi soil since the country took over domestic security responsibilities from U.S. forces and are seen as a challenge to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki attempts to portray the country as stable. Al-Maliki had recently ordered the removal of blast walls around the capital but has since called for a re-evaluation of his country’s security plans. The attacks appear to have been coordinated, with the Finance Ministry bombing coming just three minutes after a similar truck bomb was detonated at the Foreign Ministry. At least 60 people were killed at the Foreign Ministry and at least 35 at the Finance Ministry. So far, no one has taken responsibility for the attacks.

The New York Times

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