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Seven civilians killed in Iraq car bomb blasts

Published 23/12/2015

The bombings came a day after Iraqi forces hailed progress in their battle to retake Ramadi from Islamic State (AP)
The bombings came a day after Iraqi forces hailed progress in their battle to retake Ramadi from Islamic State (AP)

Car bomb blasts in a town north of Baghdad have killed at least seven civilians.

An Iraqi police officer said the first car was parked inside a bus station in the town of Khalis when it exploded, killing three people and injuring 10 others.

A second bomb exploded in the town's outdoor market, killing four civilians and leaving another eight injured.

The Shiite-majority town is located about 50 miles north of Baghdad.

The attacks came a day after Iraqi security forces reported progress in recapturing some areas in the western city of Ramadi from the Islamic State militants who control about a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

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