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Car bombs kill at least 12 in Baghdad

Iraqi bystanders gather at the site of a car bomb in the Al-Amil district.
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Car bombs have ripped through commercial areas in and around Baghdad, killing at least 12 people.

Sunday’s deadliest attack took place in Khilani Square, a busy commercial area in central Baghdad, where a car bomb killed at least five people and wounded 15, a police officer said.

The car was parked near a Sunni mosque and a gathering of motorcycle vendors.

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Hours earlier, an explosives-laden car ripped through a commercial area in the town of Mahmoudiya, about 30km south of Baghdad, killing at least four civilians and wounded another nine, another police officer said.

Three people were killed and 13 wounded in another car bomb explosion in Baghdad’s southwestern Amil neighbourhood.

Medical officials confirmed the toll.

Baghdad sees near-daily bombings mainly targeting security forces and the country’s Shi’ite majority.

The Islamic State group and other Sunni extremists are believed to be behind the attacks.

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