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IS behind Baghdad car bombings

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a late-night car bomb attack in Baghdad that killed at least 19 people.

The two car bombs went off about 10 minutes apart late last night in the Karrada district, known for its restaurants and cafes.

Police said the dead and wounded were mainly shoppers and people commemorating the death of Imam Ali, a key figure in Shiite Islam. Two traffic policemen were among those killed.

Today's claim of responsibility by the IS group is similar to recent claims in which the militants characterised the attacks as a response to fighting in the western Anbar province.

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