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Deadly Car Bombings Hit Baghdad

Iraqi officials say two car bombs have targeted busy commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 12 people and wounding some 30 others.

One exploded on a main commercial street in the Mashtal area of east Baghdad on November 17, while the other hit a similar road in Amiriyah in the capital's west, police said.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for either of the blasts.

The city is hit by near-daily bombings and shootings that kill hundreds of people each month.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a number of recent attacks in the capital, including one on November 16 when an online statement claimed a bombing at checkpoint outside the Baghdad International Airport.

Five people were injured in that attack.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP