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Deadly Bombings Strike Baghdad Before Removal Of Curfew

News reports say at least 34 people have been killed in bombings in Baghdad, shortly before a long-standing curfew is to be lifted in the Iraqi capital.

The Associated Press quoted police officials as saying a suicide bombing in the New Baghdad section, in the eastern part of the city, killed at least 22 people and wounded 45 on February 7.

A separate bombing targeted the bustling Sharqa market district and caused dozens of casualties.

A third attack was reported in a mostly Shi'ite neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad, where at least four people were killed.

The combined death toll from the three attacks was at least 34, with some 75 people wounded.

Iraqi officials said on February 5 that Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ordered the nighttime curfew to be lifted this weekend.

It has reportedly been in place since 2004.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP