Officials: Car bombs kill 23 in Iraqi capital

AP News
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Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:16 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a wave of car bombs in Baghdad has killed 23 people and wounded dozens.

Police officials say five car bombs exploded on Thursday morning across the city. One bomb struck near a bus station in the Khazimiyah neighborhood, killing six people and wounding 18 there.

Police say four other car bombings killed 17 people in different areas of Baghdad.

Medical officials in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to journalists.

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