A suicide bomber slammed a car packed with explosives into one of the gates of Baghdad's heavily-guarded diplomatic Green Zone today, killing seven people including three security officers.
The bomb went off during the morning rush-hour near the bridge over the river Tigris connecting the Karradah district and the Green Zone, where most government offices, the parliament and several embassies and foreign missions in the Iraqi capital are located.
The blast set several cars ablaze.
A hospital official said that 31 people, including eight security officers, Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council MP Habib al-Turfi and two of his bodyguards had been wounded in the explosion.
The Al-Qaida in Iraq organisation claimed responsibility for the attacks and promised more "black days ahead."