Bombings in Iraqi capital kill 10

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 6:51 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two bomb blasts in Baghdad killed at least 10 people on Wednesday, Iraqi officials said.

Police officials said a car bomb went off at noon Wednesday near a car repair shop in an eastern district, killing seven people and wounding 16 others. The blast also damaged several shops and cars. Security forces sealed off the area.

Later, a bomb blast killed three people and wounded six on a commercial street in a southwestern neighborhood, police officials said.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures from both attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

The attacks come as Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes are battling Islamic State militants across northern and western Iraq.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the Baghdad bombings. The Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group, has claimed past attacks targeting security forces and the country's Shiite majority.