Car bombs in central Baghdad kill at least 9

April 18, 2011 4:23:17 AM PDT
Iraqi security officials say twin car bombs have blown up at a checkpoint outside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, killing at least nine people, including five Iraqi soldiers. Two policemen say 23 people were wounded in the blasts, which struck just after 8:00 a.m. Monday and set several cars nearby on fire. The policemen say 13 soldiers were among the wounded.

An official at al-Yarmouk hospital confirmed the casualty figures.

All officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the media.