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Separate bombings claim seven lives in Iraqi capital


Iraqi security and medical officials say at least seven people have lost their lives in two separate bomb attacks ripping through the violence-scarred Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Police authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said four people were killed and 13 others wounded when a bomb went off near a small restaurant in Baghdad’s southeastern district of Zafaraniyah on Saturday morning.

Another bomb explosion targeting a passing motorcade of police cars also claimed the lives of three civilians in western Baghdad. Eight people sustained injuries in the act of terror.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. However, Iraqi officials usually blame such attacks on the Takfiri ISIL terrorists.

On January 22, at least eight people were killed and seventeen others wounded when a bomb exploded near a military base in the town of Taji, located approximately 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Baghdad.

Iraq’s overall security situation has worsened over the past few months as the ISIL terrorists, of whom many are foreign nationals, have taken control of some parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions.

The Takfiris have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheadings.

According to the United Nations, more than 1,100 people were killed and over 1,800 others wounded in terror attacks across the violence-torn Arab state last month, making December 2014 the deadliest month since 2008.

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