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Bombings around Iraq's capital kill 7 people

Friday - 8/16/2013, 3:03pm  ET

Mourners unload the coffin of Ali Abdullah who was killed in a car bomb attack, in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. A wave of car bombs in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday killed and wounded dozens of people, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007. (AP Photo/Haider Hamdani)

SAMEER N. YACOUB
Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials in Iraq say two bombings around the capital, Baghdad, have killed seven people.

Police officials said that the deadlier of the two attacks took place Friday night when a bomb exploded as people left a soccer field. They said the attack in western Baghdad killed five people and wounded 15.

Earlier Friday, authorities said two soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb hit an army patrol in Mahmoudiyah, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad.

Medical hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists.

Violence has been rising across Iraq since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April.


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