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Iraqi Bombings Kill Anti-Al-Qaeda Fighters


Two bomb blasts near a checkpoint run by government-allied anti-Al-Qaeda Sunni militiamen in western Iraq have killed at least nine people.

Officials say the June 28 bombings first targeted the car of an official of the Sahwa, or "awakening" militia, while a second roadside bomb targeted a group of people near the town of Ramadi in Anbar Province, west of the capital, Baghdad.

Police and doctors say more than 20 people were also wounded.

The attacks came a day after at least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured in a series of bombings targeting cafes in and around Baghdad.

Attacks linked to sectarian hostilities between Iraq’s majority Shi'a and minority Sunnis have killed thousands of people this year, including more than 1,000 in May.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP
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