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Bombs in Baghdad, Iraqi town kill 16 people

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM


A series of bombings in Iraq, including a car bombing in Baghdad and a town south of the Iraqi capital, killed 16 people yesterday, officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. Iraq sees near-daily bombings and other attacks that are often claimed by the Islamic State group, which seized a large swath of the country following a stunning blitz last year.

The deadliest attack took place late Thursday when a car bomb exploded near a line of restaurants and café in Baghdad's south-eastern Shiite suburbs of Zafaraniya, killing seven people and wounding 18. Several cafés and restaurants were damaged in the attack.

Separately in the same suburb, a sticky bomb attached to a pickup truck carrying Shiite militiamen exploded and killed two.

Earlier in the day, a blast at a commercial street in Baghdad's western district of Bayaa killed three people and wounded nine. A bomb near an outdoor market killed two people in Baghdad's western al-Furat suburb.

A bomb also went off near a café on Thursday night in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding 11, officials said.