Iraqis gather in Baghdad's Firdoos Square on April 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR
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Car bombs hit several mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and a town south of the Iraqi capital Wednesday, killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens, officials said, the latest bout of violence ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections since the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal.The deadliest of the day's attacks took place in the town of Numaniyah, about 80 kilometers south of Baghdad, where a bomb first went off in a busy commercial area, followed by a car bomb that exploded as people gathered to help the victims from the first blast.Car bombs also exploded in the areas of Shaab, Shammaiya, Karrada, Maamil and Sadr City, killing a total of 13 people and wounding 42, police officials added.Later Wednesday, three more civilians died and eight were wounded when another car bomb struck Baghdad's central upscale commercial area of Jadiriyah.
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