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Deadly car bomb attacks in eastern Iraq kill dozens

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By Euronews  with REUTERS, BBC
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.