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Bombing in central Baghdad kills at least nine people, injures 23: Officials

Published on Jun 15, 2014 7:59 PM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - A bombing in central Baghdad killed at least nine people and wounded 23 on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

An Iraqi Interior Ministry official said the attack was a roadside bomb, while a police colonel said that initial blast was followed by a suicide bombing.

Medical staff waited near stretchers on the sidewalk in front of one hospital in central Baghdad, on which casualties from the blast were placed and wheeled inside, an AFP journalist said. The street was closed to all traffic but ambulances.

The attack comes as security forces battle to push back a major offensive launched by militants, spearheaded by jihadists but also involving supporters of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, which overran all of one province and chunks of three others.

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