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Violence in Iraq kills at least 13

on February 03, 2014 10:00 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — A new series of car bombings in and around Baghdad today killed at least 13 people, officials said, as Iraq’s Shiite-led government grapples with a stubborn Sunni extremist-led insurgency in the western Anbar province.

In the town of Mahmoudiya, a parked car bomb went off near the local council building, followed by another car bomb at an outdoor market nearby, a police officer said. The blasts in the town, located about 20 miles south of Baghdad, killed eight people and wounded 21.

In Baghdad, an explosives-laden car ripped through a commercial area in the northern Hurriyah neighborhood, killing four people and wounding 11, he added. A bystander was killed and nine were wounded in another car bomb explosion in the city’s eastern Baladiyat neighborhood, another police officer said.

Police also found four bodies dumped in the street of the capital’s southwestern Amil neighborhood.

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