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Voting begins in Iraq

2010-03-07 09:44

Baghdad - Four mortars struck Baghdad's Green Zone and four other blasts rocked the Iraqi capital as polls opened in the country's general election on Sunday, officials and AFP correspondents said.

The attacks came minutes before and after polling stations opened for the second parliamentary vote since US-led forces ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, a vote that al-Qaeda has threatened to sabotage.

Four mortars landed in the fortified Green Zone that houses the Iraqi parliament, several ministries and foreign embassies, an interior ministry official said.

Two other mortar attacks hit areas across the city that also saw two bomb attacks, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.