Middle East

August 19, 2009

Bombs kill dozens on Baghdad's deadliest day in 18 months

Two trucks loaded with explosives blew up near Iraq's ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance on Wednesday, killing at least 95 people and wounding more than 500. The blast tore the facade off the Foreign Affairs Ministry and collapsed part of a bridge near the Finance Ministry. Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki blamed Sunni extremists for the attacks, which appeared intended to shake confidence in his government before January's national elections.

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