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Attacks kill six around Baghdad

Bomb and mortar attacks have killed six people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad, as Iraqi security forces said they had broken a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of the capital.

Police officials said three mortar shells landed on a residential area in Sabaa al-Bour, a town just north of Baghdad, killing four, including a 12-year old-boy. Several cars were damaged in the attack, which wounded 14. Later, a bomb blast in a commercial street killed two people and wounded four in the capital's north-eastern district of Shaab.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty tolls.

Attacks against Shiite civilians are common tactics used by IS, which considers Shiites heretics and has captured large chunks of territory in western and northern Iraq.

Army spokesman Lieutenant General Qassim al-Moussawi said Iraqi security forces had broken the siege of about 400 soldiers who were surrounded by IS militants three days ago in an area in Anbar province.

The soldiers were trapped in the Sijir area near the city of Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad.

Sunni fighters took control of Fallujah earlier this year, and government forces have been unable to take it back.

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