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Two blasts shake central Baghdad Two blasts shake central Baghdad
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Two large explosions have rocked the centre of the Iraqi capital Baghdad including one outside the heavily guarded government administrative zone. Two car bombs and a barrage of mortars in the centre of the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least nine people and wounded 50 more.
Early reports say there are casualties from one blast. Large-scale attacks are now rare near the "Green Zone", though attacks have continued elsewhere. One car reportedly exploded outside the foreign ministry near the edge of the heavily guarded Green Zone. Another went off close to the finance ministry.
Wednesday is the sixth anniversary of one of the first major bombings after US forces overthrew Saddam Hussein. Iraq has witnessed a reduction in insurgency violence recently, but attacks remain common in some cities.
The UN headquarters was bombed on 19 August 2003, killing 22 people. The violence comes exactly six years after one of the first major attacks.
On 19 August 2003, the UN headquarters in Baghdad was hit by a suicide truck bomb, killing 22 people in what was the most deadly attack up until that point following the US-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
In the past six years, tens of thousands of have been killed in the violence that followed.