A minibus packed with explosives blew up in front of the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad today killing two people.
Iraqi firefighters douse a fire at the site where a minibus packed with explosives blew up outside the Iranian embassy in central Baghdad, amid rising tensions over Tehran’s relations with its war-torn neighbour.(AFP/Wisam Sami)
A minibus exploded across from the Iranian Ministry in Baghdad earlier today.
Iranian Bazteb News is reporting:
A minibus bomb exploded outside the Iranian embassy in central Baghdad early on Sunday, killing two people and wounding eight, a defence official said.
The blast occurred around 8:45 am (0545 GMT) during peak morning traffic and the site, less than 50 metres (yards) from the Iranian embassy complex in the Karrada Miriam district, was immediately sealed off.
“The police told us that it was a Kia minibus, and that two people were killed. It was close to the embassy, but we weren’t the target,” said Iranian diplomat Khalil Saadati.
The bus detonated immediately opposite the embassy across a road regularly used by police and security contractors heading to the nearby Green Zone, the fortified seat of the Iraqi government and the US embassy.
Several Iraqi ministries are also in the area, which is alway under tight guard, especially since the launch this month of a Baghdad security plan.
On Saturday, a suicide attacker had detonated his car bomb outside the Baghdad home of Abdel Aziz Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which has close ties to Teheran.
An unexploded shell lies at the site where a minibus packed with explosives blew up outside the Iranian embassy in central Baghdad. Insurgent bombers launched yet another blitz across the Iraq capital, with attacks striking a commercial district, a business school and the street in front of the Iranian embassy.(AFP/Wisam Sami)