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Three explosions rock Baghdad

2010-04-04 12:30

Baghdad - Three loud explosions shook central Baghdad in quick succession on Sunday, breaking a period of relative calm in the Iraqi capital after elections last month.

One of the blasts struck near the Iranian Embassy, said Major General Qassim al-Mousawi, a spokesperson for the city's operations command centre. The other two were in western Baghdad.

The cause of the explosions and whether there were any casualties was not immediately known.

The force of the blasts shook buildings and rattled windows in the centre of the capital. At least two plumes of grey smoke rose above the capital, one near the centre of the city and another in the western part of the capital.

Sunday's blasts come two days after an execution-style attack in which at least 24 Sunnis were killed. The slayings reignited fears of the sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007.

The bloodshed comes amid increasing concerns that insurgents will take advantage of Iraq's political turmoil to further destabilise the country, nearly a month after parliamentary elections failed to give any candidate a decisive win.

Many fear a drawn-out political debate could spill over into violence and complicate American efforts to speed up troop withdrawals in the coming months.