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2 suicide attacks in Baghdad kill at least 14 people

AP , Thursday 17 Sep 2015
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Men walk past the site of a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, September 17, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Iraqi officials say two suicide attacks have targeted police checkpoints in commercial areas in central Baghdad, killing at least 14 people.

Police say both attacks on Thursday morning were carried out by bombers on foot, wearing explosives-laden vests.

One bomber struck in Baghdad's Bab al-Sharji area, killing eight civilians and a police officer there. Twenty-one were wounded in that explosion. The second bomber hit in al-Wathba Square, killing five people, including two policemen, and wounding 12.

Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group.

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