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Suicide blast at Iraqi parliament kills 8

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Suicide blast at Iraqi parliament kills 8


Deadly attacks have been carried out on two key symbols in Baghdad, one of the city’s major bridges and the Iraqi parliament.

At least seven people died when a truck bomb exploded on the Sarafiya bridge.

In what has been widely reported to have been a suicide attack, its steel structure was destroyed, sending several cars plunging into the River Tigris below.

Later a suicide bomber killed at least eight people in a cafeteria within the parliament building. State television said three of the dead were Members of Parliament. Many people were injured.

It is the most serious breach of security in the heavily-fortified Green Zone since the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Both blasts deal a blow to the US-backed security crackdown in Baghdad, widely seen as a last-ditch attempt to halt Iraq’s plunge into all-out civil war.

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