Attack on Iraqi Justice Ministry kills 24

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 1:34 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — As the tenth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq approaches, there's another reminder of how vulnerable that country remains to insurgent attacks.

A string of explosions tore through central Baghdad today within minutes of each other, followed by a coordinated assault by gunmen who raided a government building and battled security forces in the streets.

The attack left at least 24 people dead and scores of others wounded.

The fighting lasted about an hour. It ended with security forces storming the building, killing the gunmen and evacuating hundreds of workers.

Although there's been no claim of responsibility, the attack bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida's arm in Iraq.

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208-c-16-(Adam Schreck, AP correspondent)-"in the streets"-AP correspondent Adam Schreck reports on what appeared to be a coordinated assault by gunmen who battled security forces near the heavily-fortified Green Zone. (14 Mar 2013)

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216-r-08-(Sound of amplified voice then piercing siren, near scene of bomb blast and shootout)--Sound of an emergency vehicle arriving at the scene of a series of coordinated explosions and a shootout. (14 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO AMA102: Black smoke from a car bomb attack is seen from the the Crossed Words monument in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March, 14, 2013. A string of explosions tore through central Baghdad within minutes of each other on Thursday, followed by what appeared to be a coordinated assault by gunmen who battled security forces in the Iraqi capital, according to officials. Authorities say several people have been killed. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo) (14 Mar 2013)

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