At least 5 killed in blast in south Baghdad, police say

December 22, 2011 19:29


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BAGHDAD - At least five people were killed and 14 others wounded when a roadside bomb followed by a car bomb exploded near a coffee shop in southwestern Baghdad, police said on Thursday.

The blasts in Al-Shurta al-Khamissa district were the latest in a series of explosions that rocked the Iraqi capital on Thursday and killed at least 63 people and wounded 194 others.

The attacks, which mainly hit Shi'ite areas, were the first major blasts since a crisis erupted in the country's Shi'ite-led government and the last US troops withdrew nearly nine years after the invasion that toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein.

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