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Twelve People Killed, Over 40 Wounded in Double Bombing in Baghdad - Reports

© RIA Novosti . Igot Mikhalew / Go to the photo bankTwo mined cars explode in the south of Baghdad
Two mined cars explode in the south of Baghdad - Sputnik International
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Two mined cars have exploded in the south of Baghdad, killing 12 people and injuring 41, Iraqi radio station Shafak FM reported Monday evening.

BAGHDAD, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - Two mined cars have exploded in the south of Baghdad, killing 12 people and injuring 41, Iraqi radio station Shafak FM reported Monday evening.

The radio station referred to a police spokesman, who said that the number of victims could further increase.

The bombs went off with an interval of five minutes in two parked cars at the intersection of 20th and 30th streets in the area of al-Amil in the south of the Iraqi capital.

In June, the Islamic State, a Sunni group that has been fighting in Syria, launched an offensive in Iraq. The group has taken over large parts of the country, with a goal of seizing Baghdad. The group has also announced the establishment of a caliphate on the Iraq-Syria border.

The IS currently controls large parts of northern and eastern Syria, as well as northern Iraq. The United States has launched airstrikes against the Sunni jihadist group last week after President Barack Obama approved the operation, claiming the attack is to protect US personnel in Iraq and prevent the “genocide” of Iraqi religious minorities.

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