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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iraqi Car Bombing Kills 8 as 2 Hostages Freed

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A car bomb exploded Tuesday near the Education Ministry in a busy commercial area in northern Baghdad, killing at least eight people including a woman, according to the Interior Ministry and hospital officials.

Meanwhile, kidnappers released two Iraqi guards abducted along with an American, a Nepalese, a Filipino and an Iraqi from the Baghdad compound of a Saudi company on Monday, police and a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

The car bombing occurred at 8:45 a.m. in the northern Azamiyah district. Local hospital officials said six people were killed, including one woman. Ten others were wounded, including a 2-year-old girl. Officials at a second hospital reported two more deaths and 19 injured.

The burning car had plowed into the concrete blast walls and protective barriers around the Education Ministry offices, according to a ministry employee who refused to give his name.

In the kidnapping case, the two freed guards, who had been beaten, were left blindfolded and handcuffed in Baghdad's Hay al-Amil area late Monday, said a police officer involved with the investigation on condition of anonymity. "Don't work with them again or else we'll kill you," the kidnappers told the two men, according to the officer.

The U.S. Embassy on Tuesday identified the four remaining captives as an American, a Nepalese, a Filipino and an Iraqi. More than 160 foreigners have been abducted this year by militants with political demands or by criminals seeking ransom. At least 33 captives have been killed.