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Large explosion in central Baghdad

world Updated: Apr 06, 2010 12:36 IST

A large explosion rocked the centre of Baghdad Tuesday morning, two days after triple suicide car bombings in the capital killed 30 people.

The blast struck near the public works ministry close to Haifa street in Salhiyeh neighbourhood, with ambulance sirens heard shortly thereafter as emergency service workers rushed to the scene.

A large plume of smoke rose close to the ministry building, which sits opposite the justice ministry, both of which were hit by a massive vehicle bomb in October. It was not immediately clear if the explosion caused any casualties.

On Sunday, three suicide vehicle bombings minutes apart targeting regional and European embassies killed 30 people and wounded more than 200, coming amid delays to the formation of a new government after elections last month.