Dozens of children killed in bomb attack in Baghdad

More than 40 people have been killed in Baghdad following the detonation of 3 bombs in western Baghdad, officials said.

At least 35 children were killed when three bombs exploded in western Baghdad Thursday, in one of three separate bombings that rocked different regions of the country on the same day.

Seven adults were also killed and about 141 people were wounded in the Baghdad explosions.

The bombs targeted a ceremony in which residents were celebrating the opening of a new sewage system, and a U.S. convoy was passing by at the same time, said an Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesperson.

Children who survived the blasts said they had been drawn to the scene by American soldiers handing out candy.

Two car bombs and a roadside bomb exploded in succession around 1 p.m. local time.

Blast hits Abu Ghraib area

The Baghdad explosions occurred hours after a suicide car bomb struck in the Abu Ghraib area outside of the Iraqi capital.

At least two Iraqis and a U.S. soldier were killed, and 60 people wounded in that explosion, said an Abu Ghraib hospital official.

The bomb targeted a compound that houses the mayor's office, a police station and other buildings, an Iraqi police officer said.

Meanwhile, in the northern city of Talafar, at least four people were killed and 16 injured in a bomb that targeted the police chief, Iraqi and U.S. officials said.