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We're following reports today of two suicide bombings in Baghdad. One occurred on a major bridge over the Tigris River. Another exploded inside Iraq's parliament building in the Green Zone. That's a major breach of an area heavily fortified in order to protect both U.S. personnel and Iraq's own government.

NPR's Jamie Tarabay is in Baghdad. And Jamie, what did you learn about that attack near the parliament?

JAMIE TARABAY: The Interior Ministry has come back today now and said that it was a suicide bomber who caused the explosion in the cafeteria at the convention center where the parliamentarians were eating lunch. The cafeteria is a restricted area. MPs and their aides and other government officials are allowed, as well as those working in the cafeteria. We have at least three MPs confirmed dead and at least 15 people wounded. We've heard from people inside the convention center talking about pulling people covered in blood away from the scene for medical treatment. The U.S. military has come in and has sealed the building; no one is allowed in and no one's allowed out as they conduct their investigations.

MONTAGNE: And how does one get a bomb inside all the walls and guards that surround the Green Zone?

TARABAY: That's something that the Iraqi and American officials are going to be really looking into. There are very many checkpoints in roadblocks and metal detectors to get around on the Green Zone. But there have been lots of insecurity. Two suicide bomb vests were discovered in the Green Zone a couple of weeks ago.

It's also worth mentioning that while there are American soldiers at some checkpoints in the Green Zone, and there also other coalition forces and private security carrying out security checks, but it's Iraqis that are at the metal detectors who check you as you go into the convention center where parliament meets and where today's bombing occurred.

MONTAGNE: Jamie, thanks very much. NPR's Jamie Tarabay in Baghdad.

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