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Car Bombs Near Baghdad's Green Zone Kill 33

Smoke rises from the site of a bomb attack near Khullani Square in Baghdad on February 5.
Multiple car bombs have exploded near Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone and in the southeast of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 33 people and wounding more than 60.

At least 25 people died in the Green Zone, which is home to the prime minister's office and several Western embassies.

One of the February 5 bombs detonated opposite the Foreign Ministry.

Elsewhere, a blast occurred when a car was driven by a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside a restaurant.

Another explosion happened near Khullani Square in central Baghdad.

Separately, in southeastern Baghdad, three more car bombs exploded, killing at least eight. No one has yet claimed responsibility.

The blasts came a day after two rockets were fired into the Green Zone and were likely to heighten concerns about Iraq's ability to protect strategic sites as security deteriorates across the country.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and AP