At least 15 killed as four explosions rock Baghdad

Four explosions, including two car bombs and a suicide bomber, rocked the Iraqi capital Baghdad this morning, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens.

A car bomb detonated near a small market and Shiite mosque in the south-eastern Karada neighbourhood, killing four people and injuring 16, said Interior Ministry official Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi.

Another car bomb targeting a police patrol in the eastern New Baghdad neighbourhood killed eight people and injured 10 – all civilians, said police Col. Ahmed Aboud.

A man wearing an explosives belt blew himself up at a fuel station in the same neighbourhood, killing three people and wounding four, said police Capt. Haidir Ibrahim.

A fourth blast occurred near the national theatre, Mohammedawi said. Initial police reports indicated a mortar blast.

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