At least 27 dead, 50 wounded in Baghdad bomb blast

Baghdad, Apr 19 (EFE).- At least 27 people were killed and 50 others were wounded Thursday when a bomb exploded inside a building housing a restaurant, a coffee shop and a game arcade in Baghdad, police told Efe.

According to police sources, the attack took place in the Ameriya district in the western part of the capital, when the area was full of people.

Among the victims are many women and children, the sources said, adding that the building was seriously damaged in the blast.

Security forces cordoned off the zone, and a large number of ambulances were dispatched to the scene to transport the injured to hospitals around the capital.

The neighborhood is the scene of frequent terrorist attacks against civilians.

The attack came shortly before Saturday's provincial elections, which will not be held in Kurdistan or in two predominantly Sunni provinces.

Currently, Iraq is suffering through a deterioration of security, with many attacks being staged against Shiite targets and the security forces.

The country is also facing a political crisis due to protests in many mainly Sunni provinces, where demonstrators are taking to the streets to show their displeasure with the government of Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki.