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Eleven killed in Iraq violence

Bombs and a shooting by militants seeking to destabilise Iraq have killed at least 11 people.

Police officials said the first bombing took place near an outdoor market in the morning in the capital's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, killing four people and wounding 12 others.

Police said attackers using guns fitted with silencers also killed three off-duty policemen in a drive-by shooting near Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad.

Later a bomb went off at a cafe in the Fadhil area of central Baghdad as football fans were watching a match, killing four people and wounding 17 others, said police.

Dozens of football fans in Iraq have been killed during the past few days in attacks on cafes and a football field.

Health officials confirmed the casualties.

The new violence came a day after a series of deadly attacks that left 19 dead.

Violence has been on the rise in Iraq recently amid political and sectarian tension.


From Belfast Telegraph