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15 killed in Baghdad car bombings

Fifteen people have died after bomb attacks targeting two top hotels in Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

Another 42 people were injured in the blasts, which happened when two separate car bombs went off in the car parks of the Cristal, formerly Sheraton, and Babil hotels in the capital late yesterday.

Initial reports said 10 people were killed and 27 wounded, but the casualty figures rose overnight.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Iraq witnesses almost daily attacks that have been frequently claimed by the Islamic State group - which seized large swathes of the country during a blitz last year.

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