Apr 18 - Two car bombs explode at a checkpoint outside Baghdad's Green Zone, killing at leat five people and wounding at least 15. Travis Brecher reports.
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The aftermath of two powerful bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital.
The double car bombs went off near a security check point at a crowded entrance to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, killing at least five people and wounding more than 15 others.
A security spokesman said two suicide attackers struck a line of vehicles queuing at the area's western entry point, where government buildings and foreign embassies are located.
The explosions went off near two motorcades carrying a senior army commander and an official with Iraq's presidential board.
It was not immediately clear whether they were the intended targets.
The blast destroyed an army Humvee and set fire to several other cars at the scene.
The Green Zone is a heavily guarded area in central Baghdad -- and to some Iraqis it symbolises foreign military occupation, making it a frequent target of insurgent mortar and rocket attacks.
Violence has fallen sharply in Iraq since the height of sectarian strife several years ago, but an intractable insurgency still carries out hundreds of bombings and other attacks each month.
Travis Brecher, Reuters
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