Twin blasts kill 18 in Iraqi capital (Lead)

December 17th, 2008 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, Dec 17 (DPA) Twin bombs ripped through a crowded district in central Baghdad Wednesday, killing 18 and injuring at least 52, the Dubai based al-Arabiya TV reported.A suicide bomber in a car detonated himself near a police checkpoint in Nahda district; the second bomb exploded moments later targeting people who rushed to the scene of the explosion, a police source said.

Some policemen were among the dead, the channel reported.

Nahda is a crowded district in Baghdad known for its shops and restaurants.

The last deadliest attack of this kind took place Dec 11 when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in northern Iraq, killing 45 and injuring 85.

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