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Three bomb attacks kill 19 in and around Iraqi capital


At least 19 people have been killed and nearly 50 more injured in three separate bombs attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, security sources say.

According to Iraqi officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, a car bomb exploded in a crowded commercial area in a majority Shia neighborhood in Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding 24 others on Friday.

Reports say a police officer was among the casualties.

Earlier in the day, eight people lost their lives and 23 others sustained injuries when a roadside bomb went off near Baghdad’s southern district of Dora and a third explosion rocked the Madain area, situated southeast of the capital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings so far. However, Iraqi officials blame the recent spike in such terrorist attacks on the ISIL Takfiri militants.

The ISIL launched an offensive in June and took control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

The extremist group has threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians during its advances in the violence-torn Arab state.

New figures released by the United Nations show that violence in Iraq claimed at least 1,273 lives in October alone.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on November 1 that at least 856 civilians and 417 security forces lost their lives last month, while over 2,000 others sustained injuries.

The UN casualty figures are lower than the death toll reported by the Iraqi government. Baghdad says more than 1,700 civilians and security forces were killed in October and over 2,300 others wounded.

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