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17 people killed in bombings in and around Baghdad

Takfiri militants have conducted bombing attacks in and around the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, killing 17 people in the Arab country.

In three separate bombing incidents on Wednesday, 17 people, including 11 soldiers and policemen, were killed and around 40 others were injured, police and hospital officials said on condition of anonymity.

The deadliest bombing on Wednesday took place in the turbulent Youssifiyah district south of Baghdad, where an explosive-laden car struck an army checkpoint, killing six soldiers and injuring 16 people, including 10 civilians and six soldiers.

Earlier in the day, a car bomb close to some shops in Baghdad’s Mansour district killed six civilians and injured 13 others.

A few minutes after the event, a bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a nearby police station when officers were rushing to the site of the first attack, killing five and injuring 10, all policemen.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks; however, they all bore the hallmarks of the ISIL Takfiris.

This comes as ISIL militants have abducted about 50 people from an Iraqi Sunni tribe living south of the northern city of Tikrit after imposing a curfew.

According to reports, the abductions took place in the al-Alam district after fighters from the Bu Jabour tribe removed and burned flags belonging to ISIL militants and replaced them with the Iraqi flag.

The ISIL militants entered Iraq in June. They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

The terrorists currently control large swathes of land in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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