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Deadly car bomb attacks in eastern Iraq kill dozens

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By Euronews  with REUTERS, BBC
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Deadly car bomb attacks in eastern Iraq kill dozens

At least 42 people have been killed and many more injured in two bomb attacks in eastern Iraq.

A car bomb targeted a crowded marketplace near the city of Baquba, which is just 60km northeast of the capital Baghdad.

At least 35 people died and more than 70 were injured.

A second car bomb just east of the city exploded at a checkpoint killing seven and wounding around 25.

The area, which is mainly Shia, was the scene of intensive clashes last year between Islamic State militants, Iraqi forces and pro-government militias.

Government forces took control of
Baquba but fighting has continued across Diyali province.

Last month Islamic State militants bombed a crowded marketplace in the province killing 115 people who were marking the end of Ramadan.