Violence Mars Iraq Parliamentary Elections

World | March 7, 2010, Sunday // 12:54| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Violence Mars Iraq Parliamentary Elections Iraqi policemen inspect a damaged building following a rocket attack in northern Baghdad, Iraq, 07 March 2010. At least 24 persons were killed and others were wounded in the capital Baghdad on 07 March, the election day. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Militants intent on disrupting Iraqi elections carried out a series of attacks Sunday, resulting in at least 24 fatalities, CNN reported.

More than 30 mortar rounds hit Baghdad, with three landing inside the heavily fortified International Zone. The rockets did not cause casualties. The zone, informally known as the Green Zone, houses the U.S. Embassy and many Iraqi government buildings.

One of the rockets landed in the Ur neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad, killing 12 people. The capital also experienced a number of deadly roadside bomb attacks.

Three people were killed and 54 were injured on Saturday when a parked car rigged with explosives blew up in Najaf. Three attacks happened Thursday. There have been warnings of further insurgent attacks around the vote.

Voters headed to the polls to elect a 325-member parliament. It is Iraq's fifth nationwide vote since 2003, but only the second for a full four-year-term parliament.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. (11 p.m. ET Saturday), and will close at 5 p.m. (9 a.m. ET Sunday). All those in line at the time the polls are open will be able to vote.

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