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Dozens killed in Baghdad blasts

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 00:35

Feb. 18 - At least two dozen people die in bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Damaged shops, rubble and water filled the streets of Baghdad early on Tuesday (February 18) after at least 24 people were killed in explosions in the Iraqi capital overnight, including blasts near two Shi'ite Muslim mosques and at a busy bus station, police and medics said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but Shi'ites are often targeted by Sunni Islamist insurgents who have been regaining ground in Iraq over the past year and overran several towns in recent weeks. In Monday's (February 17) deadliest attack, a minibus packed with explosives blew up at a bus station in the mainly Shi'ite district of Ur in northern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, police and medical sources said. A further nine people were killed in car bomb attacks targeting mosques in Baghdad's predominantly Shi'ite districts of Amil and Karrada, police and medical sources said. A car bomb near a busy street in Baghdad's western district of Ghazaliya killed four others. In separate incidents in the city of Tikrit, gunmen shot dead a police colonel and a barber inside his shop. The army on Monday was fighting to wrest control of Sulaiman Pek from Sunni militants who took over parts of the northern town last Thursday and raised the black flag of the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) over it. ISIL is active in the civil war in neighbouring Syria and is also present in the city of Falluja, which has been under siege by the army since January 1, when militants took over.

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Dozens killed in Baghdad blasts

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 00:35