Blasts

Deadly Car Bombs in Baghdad

Two car bombs killed 147 people and injured over 500 more in attacks near government buildings in Baghdad on Sunday. The bombs went off near the Green Zone, hitting the Ministry of Justice as well as a provincial government office while commuters were en route. No major accusations or confessions have been made to identify those responsible for the attacks, and current efforts are focused on recovery. The search for survivors is still in progress and officials say that the death toll is likely to rise. The area has been relatively stable in the past year, and this marks the largest attack in the country since August, when more than 100 people were killed. At the time Iraqi officials pointed to Syria as the culprit, insisting on a U.N. investigation. Analysts predict that this fresh set of attacks will also be traced to foreign fighters looking to cause disturbance in the lead-up to Iraqi elections in January.