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More than 20 killed in Baghdad-area bombings

Suicide bomber targets Army checkpoint

Photo from AP Images.
Photo from AP Images.


BAGHDAD – Two separate bombings in Baghdad killed at least 28 people Thursday, and 70 more have been reported wounded.

The terrorist group ISIL is taking responsibility for the bombing of a commercial street in an eastern district of the city that killed 15 people and wounded more than 50.

A car loaded with explosives was the epicenter of the explosion. This area is known for being a majority Shiite part of the capitol.

The second explosion occurred when a suicide bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into an army checkpoint in Taji, 12 miles north of Baghdad.

Seven soldiers were killed and more than 20 other were wounded in the attack. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the Army checkpoint bombing.

The Iraqi Army is trying to uproot the ISIL fighters from their stronghold in Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

The United Nations originally estimated 50,000 civilians lived in Fallujah, that number is now believed to be closer to 90,000.

"We have underestimated how many civilians are in Fallujah," Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said.

There have been a series of bombings in Baghdad recently.

ISIL has claimed responsibility for some of them, including several car bombings that occurred on May 11 that killed over 90 people and wounded 150 more.