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Baghdad Bombings Kill 14
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Baghdad Bombings Kill 14

Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, including Shia Muslim worshippers conducting an annual pilgrimage inside the capital, police and medical sources said.  The largest blast, which the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group said it was behind, came from a parked car bomb in the Saydiya district of southern Baghdad that killed 11 and wounded 30, the sources said.

At least a few of the casualties were pilgrims passing through the area on their way to the shrine of Imam Mousa al-Kadhim (PBUH), Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) great-grandson who was martyred in the 8th century, Reuters reported.

Explosives planted on the ground in Tarmiya, 25 km north of Baghdad, killed two and wounded six, while a roadside bomb in Khalisa, a town 30 km south of the city, left one dead and two wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the smaller attacks. IS militants fighting Iraqi forces in the north and west regularly target security personnel and Shia civilians whom they consider apostates.

The group said in an online statement distributed by supporters that a suicide bomber had targeted pilgrims in the Dora neighborhood adjacent to Saydiya. It said the attack was part of an offensive launched recently in apparent revenge for the killing of a senior leader.

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