Iraqi officials: 2 car bombs kill at least 17 civilians in busy Baghdad commercial areas



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BAGHDAD — Two car bombings targeting busy commercial areas in the capital killed at least 17 civilians on Monday, Iraqi officials said.

The deadliest attack took place Monday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad's western district of Mansour, killing 10 people, including two women, and wounding 25 others. Security forces sealed off the area, which is often packed with nighttime shoppers.

At least 20 cars were set on fire by the blast while several shops and restaurants were damaged. Police said four children were among the wounded.

Earlier on Monday, another car bomb exploded in Baghdad's Bayaa district near a real estate office in an area where dozens of people gather every day. A police official said the blast killed seven people and wounded at least 16.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks. Baghdad has seen near-daily attacks as security forces struggle to dislodge the Islamic State group from vast areas in northern and western Iraq seized by the extremists during a stunning blitz last summer.

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Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this report.

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