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11 killed in Iraq car bombing

BAGHDAD: A car bomb in the Iraqi capital’s Shiite-majority district of Sadr City on Monday killed 11 people and wounded another 26, security officials and medical sources said. A police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said the bombing in northeastern Baghdad left “11 dead and 26 wounded”. Members of Iraq’s security forces were among the victims, medical sources said, confirming the toll. No group immediately claimed responsibility, though the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State have said they carried out a string of other recent attacks in the capital. The car rigged with explosives detonated in the mainly Shi’ite eastern district of Jamila, police said, as Iraqi government forces were preparing to declare victory over Islamic State more than 400 km (250 miles) further north in the city of Tal Afar. It was not immediately clear if a suicide bomber had driven the vehicle to the target or if it was a parked car bomb, police sources said. Medics and police sources said eight people died and 25 were wounded. Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said four people were killed and 12 wounded, including two policemen.–AFP

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