Dec 26 - A suicide car bomb near the Interior Ministry in Baghdad kills at least seven people and wounds 34 others. Lily Grimes reports.
Two helicopters circle the site of a car bomb in Iraq that killed at least seven people and injured more than 30. Monday's blast came as a suicide bomber drove his vehicle into a security cordon outside the Interior Ministry in central Baghdad. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED WOUNDED MAN, SAYING: "I was in the car and then I got out of it. When I crossed the street near the gate of the interior ministry a blast took place and I saw nothing but black smoke." Police say they believe insurgents targeted the ministry because of an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi who is charged with running death squads. The latest bomb follows a wave of explosions on Thursday which killed at least 72 people in mainly Shi'ite areas across the capital. The attacks follow the crisis over Hashemi which erupted between the Shi'ite-led government and Sunni rivals just days after the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Lily Grimes, Reuters