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Deadly suicide attacks target Iraqi police

Officials said two seperate attackers on foot detonated bombs killing many people in the capital

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Iraq officials have said that two suicide attacks on Thursday targeting police in commercial areas in Baghdad have killed 14 people.

Police say both attacks on Thursday morning were carried out by bombers on foot, wearing explosives-laden vests.

One bomber struck in Baghdad's Bab al-Sharji area, killing eight civilians and a police officer there. Twenty-one were wounded in that explosion.

The second bomber hit in al-Wathba Square, killing five people, including two policemen, and wounding 12.

Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks hours later. In a statement posted online, the extremist group said two attackers wearing explosive vests had targeted police.