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At Least 12 Killed In Baghdad Attacks

At least 12 people have been killed in two car-bomb attacks in Baghdad targeting security forces.

The Islamic State extremist group was behind the larger blast on April 23, according to the Amaq news agency, which supports the group. The attack on a security checkpoint in the northern Al-Husseiniya district killed nine people and wounded 28 others.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the second bombing, which targeted an army convoy in Arab al-Jabur, an area of date palm groves on Baghdad's southern outskirts. Three people were killed there, and 11 others were wounded.

The Iraqi government has retaken several major cities from Islamic State in the past year, including the western cities of Ramadi and Hit, and slowly pushed the militants back towards the Syrian border.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP