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Dozens killed in Baghdad bombings

A series of bombings across the Iraqi capital Baghdad has killed at least 29 people and wounded 81.

No-one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. But the Islamic State (IS) militant group is often behind assaults on checkpoints and other locations across the capital as it seeks to challenge Iraqi security forces and Iraq's Shiite-led government amid intensifying battles in northern and western Iraq.

The deadliest attack took place in the northern Shaab neighbourhood when a man wearing an explosive vest detonated himself in a crowded market, killing nine people and wounding 25.

Earlier today, in Baghdad's Khazimiyah district, a suicide car bombing attacked the Aden checkpoint killing eight people, including five civilians, and wounding 23.

Also in the Banook district, six people were killed and 15 injured in a car bombing, police said.

In Baghdad's al-Askan district, a car bomb killed at least four people and wounded 11 on a commercial street as people gathered after sunset to break their daily fast for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Police also said a roadside bomb on a commercial street in Baghdad's al-Amal neighbourhood killed two people and wounded seven.

Medical officials corroborated the casualty figures.

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