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At least 42 Iraqis killed in clashes, bombings

BAGHDAD — Bombings targeting shoppers across central Iraq and clashes near the militant-held city of Fallujah killed at least 42 people Thursday, authorities said. No one claimed responsibility.

The bombings began in the afternoon, mostly with car bombs. One explosive was planted in an outdoor market.

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They bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda and other Sunni insurgents, who use car bombs and suicide attacks in a bid to undermine confidence in the Shi’ite-led government.

In Baghdad, a car bomb targeting shoppers killed seven people and wounded 17, police said. A bomb at a cafe killed four people and wounded 15.

A bomb in a commercial street in central Baghdad killed three and wounded 13, police said, while an explosion near the Green Zone killed three people and wounded eight.

Another bomb in Baghdad’s suburb of Jisr Diyala killed two civilians and wounded seven.

In Hillah, 60 miles south of Baghdad, two car bombs killed nine civilians and wounded 28.

A police officer said an explosion killed four people and wounded 10 in Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of the capital.

In Mishada, 20 miles north of Baghdad, a car bomb killed five civilians and wounded 14, another police officer said.

Three medical officials confirmed the casualty figures.

The attacks came a day after explosions killed at least 24 people in different parts of Iraq. Such bombings have increased since last year, along with Sunni anger over perceived mistreatment and random arrests of Sunnis by the authorities.

On Thursday, clashes outside of Fallujah between militants and Iraqi security forces killed at least five people and wounded 13, a local hospital there said.

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