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Car bombs in Iraq leave 17 dead

Car bombs struck Shiite neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital and a northern cityon Thursday, killing 16 people, while gunmen in Baghdad shot dead the brother of a Sunni lawmaker, officials said.

The attacks followed a wave of bombings on Thursday that also struck in mainly in Shiite neighbourhoods, killing 33 people and raising concerns over a return to the sectarian bloodshed in Iraq.

Baghdad police said the first of Thursday’s bombings hit a bus and taxi stop during the morning rush hour in the city’s eastern Sadr City neighbourhood.

Nine people were killed, including a 7-year old child, and 16 were wounded in that attack, two officers said. Another car bomb hit a small market at a taxi stop in Baghdad’s eastern suburb of Kamaliya, killing three civilians and wounding 14 others there, the officers said.
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