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Attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 50 people

2 years 1 week 4 days ago October 16, 2014 Oct 16, 2014 Thursday, October 16 2014 October 16, 2014 12:42 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BAGHDAD - Militants have unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq, mainly targeting Shiite areas in and around the capital.

Officials say at least 50 people were killed and dozens more wounded.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the day's deadliest strike. Two parked car bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial area of northern neighborhood of Baghdad, killing 14 civilians and wounding 34 others. Residents angered by the failure of government forces to protect the neighborhood threw stones at police checkpoints and police cars that arrived to respond to the blasts, prompting police to withdraw from the area.

Senior Iraqi officials have tried to reassure residents that the capital is too well-protected for militants to capture, but they've struggled to stop the near daily attacks.

Islamic State fighters say they have a foothold inside Baghdad and have claimed several large-scale bombings, particularly in Shiite districts.

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