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Officials say bombings in and around Iraq's capital, Baghdad, kill 9 people

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BAGHDAD — Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting public places and security forces have killed nine people in and around the capital, Baghdad.

Police officials say a bomb exploded near a sheep market Saturday morning in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of the capital, killing four people and wounding 11.

PHOTO: Security forces inspect the site of a twin bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad Iraq, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Police officials say the Friday morning attack started with a bomb exploding near carts selling used clothes in the city's central Bab al-Sharqi area. The second explosion, caused by a car bomb, went off two minutes later targeting people who rushed to help the victims from the first blast, killed and wounded more than a dozen of people, Iraqi officials said. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Security forces inspect the site of a twin bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad Iraq, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Police officials say the Friday morning attack started with a bomb exploding near carts selling used clothes in the city's central Bab al-Sharqi area. The second explosion, caused by a car bomb, went off two minutes later targeting people who rushed to help the victims from the first blast, killed and wounded more than a dozen of people, Iraqi officials said. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Police say a blast near car repair shops in central Baghdad killed three people and wounded 10.

Authorities say an explosion also hit an army patrol in the town of Taji, just north of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding four.

Medics confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

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