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Iraqi officials say bombings targeting public places kill 15 people in and around Baghdad

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BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities say bombings targeting public places have killed 15 people in and around Baghdad.

Police officials say the deadliest attack occurred Saturday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad's western neighborhood of Amil, killing nine people and wounding 24 others.

Earlier, police said a car bomb blast near a bus stop killed three people and wounded 15 in southern Baghdad. A bomb explosion near an outdoor market killed three people in Mhamoudiya town, just south of Baghdad.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.

Iraqi sees near-daily bombings that are often claimed by the Islamic State group which seized a large swath of the country during an offensive last year.

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