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Dozens killed in Baghdad bomb blasts, as government claims air strike success

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Dozens killed in Baghdad bomb blasts, as government claims air strike success

Dozens killed in Baghdad bomb blasts, as government claims air strike success
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More than 50 people have been killed in a string of car bomb attacks in Baghdad.

Police say the most deadly happened in the densely populated Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City. Thirty-one people died.

Baghdad has been on edge since Sunni militants conquered large swathes of northern Iraq – including the second largest city of Mosul, which has been under insurgent control since June.

But state television claimed a rare government victory in Mosul on Wednesday, reporting that an air strike against a key building in the city killed some 60 suspected militants.

The claims have not been independently verified and it is unclear whether any civilians died.