Iraqi officials say car bomb attacks kill 21 people in Baghdad Shiite neighborhoods

SHAFAQNA – Iraqi officials say a series of bomb attacks at a group of restaurants and a market have killed 21 people in Baghdad. Police says the first attack targeted a line of small restaurants in the Shiite district of Sadr City Thursday night, killing 11 people and wounding 25 others. Minutes later, a second car bomb blast near an outdoor market in the same district killed seven people and wounded 21.

Later, a bomb exploded near a restaurant in Baghdad’s Shiite northern neighborhood of Shaab, killing three people and wounding 12. Medical officials confirm the casualties. Iraq sees near-daily attacks mainly targeting Shiite neighborhoods and security forces. The attacks are often claimed by the Sunni extremist Islamic State group which seized much of northern and western Iraq in a summer offensive.

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