A suicide car bomb exploded at a checkpoint at the main entrance of Baghdad's Green Zone on Tuesday, killing two Iraqi policemen and wounding five, according to police. The high-security area is home to Iraq's parliament and the U.S. Embassy.
The explosion, which sent plumes of black smoke up over the Green Zone, occurred at about 1:20 p.m. at the gate that many Iraqi employees use to enter and leave the area where they work for Iraq's government or for the U.S. and British embassies.
The powerful blast killed two Iraqi policemen and wounded five, said police Lt. Mohammed Kheyon. The sound of gunfire was heard after the explosion, but Kheyon said he had no immediate information about that.
People entering the main Green Zone gate have to pass through several checkpoints. The suicide bomber reported to race past the first one, chased by Iraqi guards and ram his car into a barrier at the second checkpoint, informs the AP.