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Five Car Bombs Kill 17 Across Baghdad

Five car bombs exploded across Baghdad on the evening of April 30, killing at least 17 people.

Police and medical sources said that the deadliest of the blasts, which appeared to be coordinated, took place in the Iskan neighborhood, where five people were killed.

Iraqi authorities lifted the curfew on Baghdad in February, seeking to restore a sense of normality to the city as security forces battle Islamic State militants who overran large sections in the north and west of the country last summer.

Militants appear to be exploiting greater freedom of movement to carry out more attacks in the capital.

Another of the car bombs on April 30 exploded near a children's hospital in Jamila, killing three civilians.

Four people were killed by a bomb in a commercial street in Al-Hurriya, three more in the Talbiya district, and two in the Ur neighborhood.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP