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Bombs kill four in shopping street of Iraqi capital

Iraqi protestors carry a mock coffin symbolising the "dead conscious of the parliament" as they shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration ahead of Iraq's upcoming parliamentary elections, on April 19, 2014 in Baghdad's Fardus Square. Iraqis will go to the polls on April 30 as they face a long list of daily struggles, ranging from lengthy power cuts and poor running water and sewerage to rampant corruption and high levels of unemployment, to say nothing of a seemingly endless stream o

BAGHDAD: Iraqi police say two bombs planted on a street full of shoppers in Baghdad have killed four people and wounded eight.

They say the explosions took place in the capital's predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora Saturday morning.

Later, police said a roadside bomb killed two soldiers on patrol and wounded five people in Tarmiyah, 50 kilometers north of Baghdad.

Health officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Saturday's attacks, but Sunni insurgent groups have stepped up attacks across the country since last year in hopes of undermining the Shiite-led government.

The uptick in violence comes as Iraqis prepare to hold a crucial parliamentary election on April 30.

 

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