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Car bombings in Baghdad kill 20

AP |

A series of car bombings targeting busy commercial areas in Iraq’s capital killed at least twenty civilians on Monday, officials said.

The deadliest attack took place in night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad’s western district of Mansour, killing ten people and wounding twenty-five, police said.

Security forces sealed off the area, which is often packed with nighttime shoppers.

At least twenty cars were set ablaze by the blast, which damaged several shops and restaurants. Police said four children were among the wounded.

An hour later, a car bombing on a commercial street killed three people and wounded twelve in Baghdad’s Amil neighborhood, police said.

Earlier on Monday, another car bomb exploded in Baghdad’s Bayaa district near a real estate office in an area where dozens gather every day. A police official said that blast killed seven people and wounded at least sixteen.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release information.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks. Baghdad has seen near-daily attacks as security forces struggle to dislodge the Islamic State group from vast areas in northern and western Iraq seized by the extremists during a stunning blitz last summer.