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Bombs target Shi’ite areas in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Car bombs hit Shi’ite neighborhoods of Iraq’s capital for a second day in a row Thursday, part of a series of attacks across the country that left 21 people dead and raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed.

Baghdad police said the first blast hit a bus and taxi stop during the morning rush hour. Nine people were killed, including a 7-year-old, and 16 were wounded, officers said.

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Another car bomb hit a small market at a taxi stop in the suburb of Kamaliya, killing three civilians and wounding 14 others, the officers said.

And in the capital’s northern Chikok district, two civilians were killed and 10 were wounded when a car bomb missed a police patrol passing through, two other police officers said.

In Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, a suicide attacker rammed his car into an army checkpoint, killing two soldiers and wounding three others, another police officer said. The attack came just after a car bombing in another area of Mosul wounded two civilians, he said.

In Baghdad’s southwestern neighborhood of Baiyaa, drive-by gunmen shot and killed a brother of a Sunni lawmaker and wounded two of his guards, police officials said.

Shortly after sunset, a suicide bomber set off his explosive belt near a Shi’ite mosque in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk. Four people were killed and 42 were wounded at a funeral.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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