Baghdad car bomb blasts kill at least 18, injure 100

Baghdad car bomb blasts kill at least 18, injure 100

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — At least 18 people were killed and at least 100 more were wounded after two large car bomb explosions rocked Iraq’s capital Sunday morning, officials from Iraq’s interior ministry said.

One explosion occurred in western Baghdad’s Mansour neighborhood when a minibus detonated outside one of the main offices of the Asiacell mobile phone company. Clients and company employees were killed and injured in the blast, police said.

The other explosion occurred at an intersection in the Kadhimiya neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad, police said.

Both blasts occurred around 10:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m. ET), police said. Most of those killed or injured were civilians, according to police.

Separately, a driver and his son were killed by a sticky bomb attached to their minibus while they were driving on a highway in western Baghdad Sunday morning. And a roadside bomb explosion in the Nahdha commercial area in central Baghdad wounded three civilians.

The series of explosions came hours after Wisam Amjad, an officer with Iraq’s interior ministry, was killed by a sticky bomb attached to his vehicle in southwestern Baghdad Saturday night.

Although violence levels in Iraq have dropped significantly over the past two years, there has been a recent spike in explosions.

The latest violence comes as political uncertainty lingers, more than six months after the country’s inconclusive national elections.

Iraqi politicians have been unable to form a government, and officials have expressed concerns that insurgents would take advantage of the political vacuum to try to reignite the sectarian bloodshed that gripped Iraq for years.

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