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URGENT ¥¥¥ 18 dead in bombings, Baghdad ministry assault: officials


A coordinated string of bombings and brazen assault on a ministry near the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad killed 18 people on Thursday, Iraqi officials said.

At least three explosions struck Allawi neighbourhood, near the foreign and culture ministries and offices of the communications ministries, while militants attempted to storm the nearby justice ministry.

Overall, 18 people were killed and at least 30 others wounded, an interior ministry official and a medical source said.