April 4, 2010
Three car bombs rocked Baghdad this morning, in a co-ordinated attack that shattered a period of relative calm in the city.
The explosions happened in quick succession just before 11.30am and were in different locations. One was outside the Iranian Embassy in Karadat Mariam district, about 1km west of the International Zone, a second was in al-Ruad Square, in the western Mansour district, and a third was outside the German Embassy, also in Mansour, in a street that has many other embassies.
A police source told The Times that there was a private security company based near al-Ruad Square. The Interior Ministry said initially that 15 people had been killed at the Iranian Embassy. Television reports also suggested that there were victims at the Egyptian Embassy.
The Baghdad Operations Centre said that 20 people had been killed and 45 wounded and that all three car bombs were suicide attacks. The centre also said that the al-Ruad Square bomb had been targeted at the German Ambassador’s residence. The Interior Ministry put the total death toll at 30 and said that at least 224 people were wounded.