Back-to-back bomb blasts in a crowded Baghdad market near a revered Shi’ite shrine and a string of shootings targeting government officials killed at least 17 people Saturday. The bombings, which happened within about a minute of each other, appeared be aimed at intimidating Iraq’s Shi’ites, who are a frequent target of Sunni insurgents.
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