Suicide Attacks Leave 21 Dead in Baghdad

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Baghdad: At least 21 people were killed and many more injured as two suicide bombers targeted Iraqi police posts in commercial areas in central Baghdad during rush hour on Thursday, killing at least 21 people, officials said.

Both attacks were carried out by bombers on foot, wearing explosives-laden vests, two police officers said. One bomber struck in Baghdad’s Bab al-Sharji area, killing nine civilians and three police officers there. Forty-five people were wounded in that explosion.

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The second bomber hit in al-Wathba Square, killing nine people, including four policemen, and wounding 31.

Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to talk to reporters.

Iraq is going through its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops. The Islamic State group controls large swaths of the country’s north and west after capturing Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul and the majority of the western Anbar province last year.

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