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A car bomb has killed dozens of people outside a Baghdad police station.

A car bomb has killed dozens of people outside a Baghdad police station. (Reuters)

Car bomb kills dozens in Baghdad

American and Iraqi officials say a car bomb in the heart of Baghdad has killed 47 people and injured nearly 100 more.

In a separate attack in the restive town of Baquba, north-east of Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a police minibus.

The town's police chief said 12 people were killed.

The Interior Ministry and witnesses said there may have been at least two simultaneous car bomb blasts in the Baghdad attack.

The car bomb explosion is said to have devastated a shopping area close to a police station in Haifa Street, a main road that has seen clashes between US forces and insurgents before.

Dozens of people were outside the police station at the time, waiting to apply for jobs.

A nearby coffee shop which was crowded with mid-morning customers at the time of the blast.

The blast left the street littered with wreckage and body parts.

Last weekend, guerrillas mounted multiple car-bomb and mortar attacks in central Baghdad.

Many of the casualties were in Haifa Street.

It was the scene of a weekend incident in which US Helicopter gunships fired missiles into a crowd surrounding a burning US armoured vehicle killing a dozen people inclding a Palestinian Televison Journalist who was reporting live for an Arabic Television network.

The large explosion shook building across Baghdad and a plume of smoke from the scene was visible for kilometres.

A girls' school across from the police station was also badly damaged by the blast.



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Baghdad's Haifa Street has been the scene of another car bombing, with the death toll reported to be at least 35.

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