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Iraqi officials: Bombings in Baghdad kill 9 people, latest in relentless attacks in capital

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BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say two separate bombings have killed nine people in Baghdad, the latest victims in near-daily attacks that have targeted the country's capital.

Police officials say a bomb at an out-door market in the southern district of Abu Dashir, a mostly Shiite neighborhood, killed four people and wounded nine on Tuesday.

PHOTO: Civilians gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion, killing and wounding tens of people, in a commercial area in the southern Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community on Monday the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)
Civilians gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion, killing and wounding tens of people, in a commercial area in the southern Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community on Monday the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)

They say a little bit later, a bomb blast near a small restaurant in central Baghdad killed five people and wounded 12.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.

Iraq has been plunged into its worst crisis since the U.S. troops left at the end of 2011 in the wake of the blitz by the Islamic State militants this summer.

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