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Wave Of Bombings Hits Baghdad; Intense Fighting In Anbar

Mourning Follows Wave Of Bombings In Baghdad
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WATCH: Baghdad residents on February 25 carried the coffins of the victims of a double bombing that killed at least 24 people in the Jisr Diyala district the previous evening. At least seven bomb blasts struck the Iraqi capital on February 24, leaving dozens dead and wounded. (Reuters)

A spate of bombings in Baghdad has killed at least 26 people.

The deadliest of the bombings hit the southeastern suburb of Jisr Diyala, where a car bomb exploded during the evening of February 24, followed by another explosion minutes later near the site of the first blast as people were helping victims.

Police and hospital officials put the number of dead from that attack at eight but other sources said the death toll was twice as high.

At least 20 people were also wounded.

Five other explosions were reported in northern and southern neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital.

In the western Anbar Province, Iraqi forces continued efforts to oust Islamic State militants from the town of Baghdadi.

Security forces claimed to have chased IS fighters from rural areas around the town, which is near Ramadi.

Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition warplanes supported the security forces in their fight for territory around Baghdadi.

With additional reporting from Reuters and AP