People gather at the site of an explosion in the business district of Sinak in central Baghdad February 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani)
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Multiple explosions rocked Baghdad, killing at least 32 people and sending plumes of smoke into the sky across the street from a major government building in a brazen reminder of the ability of insurgents to penetrate the heart of the capital.The attacks come as al-Qaida-led militants are battling for control of mainly Sunni areas to the west in the first test of the Shiite-led government to maintain security in the country more than two years after the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Five people were killed and 12 wounded in that attack, the officer said.Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks, but car bombings and suicide attacks targeting government buildings, security forces and Shiites are typically carried out by al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq.
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