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23 killed in Iraq car bombings

A series of car bombings have killed at least 23 people in Iraq.

In the town of Mahmoudiya, a car bomb went off near the local council building, followed by another at a nearby outdoor market.

The blasts in the town, located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, killed nine people and injured 28.

In Baghdad, an explosives-laden car ripped through a commercial area in the northern Hurriyah neighbourhood, killing four people and hurting 11.

Three bystanders were killed and nine were wounded in another car bomb explosion in the city's eastern Baladiyat neighbourhood.

Also, a sticky bomb attached to a minibus exploded in Baghdad's Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City, killing one passenger and wounding four others, police said.

After nightfall, a car bomb went off near an outdoor market in Baghdad's Abdu Dashir district, killing six shoppers and wounding 14 others.

Police also found four bodies dumped in the street of the capital's southwestern Amil neighbourhood. The four, three men and a woman, had suffered gun shots and had no ID cards.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but coordinated bombings bear the hallmarks of al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq. The group, emboldened by the successes of its fellow militants in the civil war next door in Syria and by widespread Sunni anger at the Iraqi government, has taken credit for previous attacks against Shiites, security forces and government buildings.

AP

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