Iraqi officials say bombings, shooting kill 16 people around Baghdad

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BAGHDAD — Bombings and a shooting killed at least 16 people around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, including soldiers and Shiite militiamen, officials said.

Police officials say the deadliest attack took place Thursday afternoon when two suicide bombers set off their explosive belts inside a Shiite militia headquarters in the town of Mishada, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Baghdad, killing seven Shiite militiamen and wounding 20 others.

Shiite militias have been fighting alongside government forces against the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group that seized vast swaths of northern and western Iraq last year.

In a separate attack, gunmen in a speeding car opened fire on soldiers manning a checkpoint in Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, killing three soldiers and wounding eight others, police officials said.

A bomb blast at an outdoor market killed four people and wounded 12 in the town of Youssifiyah, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Baghdad. Another bomb exploded on a commercial street in the nearby town of Mahmoudiya, killing two people and wounding 10 others, police officials said.

Medical officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

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