Bomber kills 7 outside Iraq ministry

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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

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