Seven people die and many others are injured when two car bombs explode in commercial areas in Baghdad. The deadliest attack takes place in Baghdad’s Allawi neighborhood, a predominantly Shiite district near the Green Zone, home to many government offices and foreign embassies. A police official says four civilians are killed and 12 wounded in the blast there. A police official says the situation could have been much worse, but the area was not very crowded early in the morning on Monday because of the holiday honoring the 1958 Revolution that overthrew the monarchy. A second vehicle packed with explosives blows up near a string of car dealerships in Baghdad’s southeastern Bayaa area, killing at least three people and wounding eight, the official said. The explosion damages several cars.
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