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Explosions rock Iraqi capital, killing at least 34

BAGHDAD (AP) - Multiple explosions in Iraq's capital have killed at least 34 people today.

The deadliest attacks took place across the street from the high-rise building housing the Foreign Ministry. Two parked car bombs went off simultaneously in different parking lots, sending plumes of smoke into the sky and shattering the windows of nearby apartment buildings. Police say at least 12 people, including three policemen, were killed in the blast and another 22 were wounded.

Shortly afterward, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a nearby restaurant frequented by officials or visitors waiting for security escorts to take them inside the Green Zone, the walled-off area of Baghdad that houses the prime minister's office and the U.S. and other foreign embassies. Five people were killed and 12 wounded in that attack.

Another car bomb exploded in a busy commercial area. And shortly before sunset, a triple car bombing struck an outdoor market in a mainly Shiite suburb.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they are similar to those that have been carried out by al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq.

Al-Qaida-led militants have been battling for control of mainly Sunni areas to the west of Baghdad.

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