Two car bombs exploded in a main square of central Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing at least 57 people and wounding 151, police said.
The carefully coordinated attack in Tayaran Square at 7 a.m. involved a bomb in a parked car and a suicide car bomb, both of which exploded simultaneously near a police patrol and a crowd of Iraqis gathering to apply for jobs as day laborers on construction sites, said police Lt. Bilal Ali.
Gunfire could be heard right after the explosions, which occurred about 30 meters (100 feet) apart, but it was not immediately known if it involved police or insurgent snipers hiding nearby, Ali said.
The square is located near several government ministries and a bridge that crosses the Tigris River to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where Iraq's parliament and the US and British embassies are located.
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