Officials: Twin Car Bombs Kill 8 In Baghdad

Published January 24, 2012 6:00AM (EST)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two separate car bombs have exploded in a Shiite district in eastern Baghdad, killing eight people and wounding 32 others.

Police officials say the first attack targeted an early morning gathering of day laborers in Baghdad's Sadr City on Tuesday. Seven people were killed and 21 were wounded, according to police.

Minutes later, an explosives-packed car blew up near a pastry shop in the same district, killing one civilian and wounding 11 others, police said.

Hospital officials in Baghdad confirmed the death toll. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Attacks in Iraq have surged since the U.S. troops left. More than 160 people have been killed since the beginning of the year.

By Salon Staff

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