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Car bomb kills at least 10 and injures 34 in Baghdad market area

A car bomb parked in a shopping street in Baghdad has killed at least 10 and wounded 34, Iraq police said.

The bombing, which hit a popular fruit and vegetable market in the predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of Hurriyah, was the fifth explosion in the capital on Sunday.

The day's casualty toll from the attacks in Baghdad now stands at 17 dead and over 60 wounded.

Earlier in the day improvised explosive devices killed three people and wounded 10 at a market in the Shaab district, northern Baghdad.

Another two explosions at traders' markets in the Topchi and Zataria areas killed four and wounded 16.

A fourth bomb, planted in a microbus in the poorer Sadr City district, caused no deaths but wounded six.

The attacks come just a day after an Islamic State suicide bomber targeted an aid station for Shiite pilgrims, killing at least seven and wounding more than 20.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for Sunday's bombings, but the Sunni extremist group often targets Iraq's Shiite majority, which it views as apostates deserving of death. Attacks in the capital have been rare since last summer.

The officials - police and hospital authorities - spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters.


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