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Death toll rises to 19 after car bombs hit Iraqi capital

After an early morning attack in Baghdad, four near simultaneous car bombings later in the day raised death toll

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The death toll in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad has risen to 19 people killed after four near simultaneous car bombs exploded in the Iraqi capital.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded in Baghdad Saturday, Agence France-Presse reported medical and security sources as saying.

“Twelve people were killed and about 40 wounded in four separate car bomb blasts in Abu Dsheer, Al-Baya, Al-Jihad and Hurriya neighborhoods,” a police colonel told AFP.

Earlier Saturday, a suicide bombing in southern Baghdad killed seven people and wounded 18 others, Reuters reported police and a local hospital source as saying.

The bomb exploded at a police checkpoint in the Abu Dsheer district, a mainly Shiite area in the south of the capital, the sources said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant group that seized large parts of northern Iraq last month, has claimed several suicide bombings in the capital. Its latest claim was for a bombing that killed three people on Thursday in the heart of the city.

(With AFP and Reuters