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blast at the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad is feared to have resulted in numerous casualties.
Reports from the scene suggest an explosion occurred at the heart of the Iraqi government earlier today while parliament was in session.
The Reuters news agency quotes a witness to the blast as saying there were "many casualties".
It is believed that the explosion happened at a restaurant during the lunchtime break, when many parliamentary members would have been eating.
Iraqi state TV suggests the eatery was the one used by MPs and guests.
Baghdad has been at the centre of a major security crackdown in recent weeks after US and Iraqi forces attempted to reduce the continued level of insurgency in the city.
But despite some success in limiting the number of death-squad killings in the Iraqi capital, suicide attacks and roadside bombings have continued and violence outside Baghdad is said to have increased.
The Baghdad parliament is located in the Green Zone, a heavily fortified area of the city where most governmental and diplomatic activity occurs