A suicide car bomber has killed at least 18 people and injured 80 at a government forensics centre in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police say. The attacker apparently tried to drive through a police checkpoint and blast walls protecting the centre in the Kerrada district. The building was badly damaged by the massive blast, and the rubble is being searched by rescue teams.
On Monday, bomb attacks near well-known hotels in the city killed 36 people. This is the latest in a series of attacks on official buildings, including those to do with crime and punishment. The justice ministry was badly damaged in October by a huge truck bomb, and a court complex was hit in December. There have been fears that attacks will increase as the parliamentary election approaches in March and those predictions seem to be coming true, the BBC's Jim Muir reports from Baghdad.
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