Iraq bomb at­tacks kill at least 30

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Car bomb at­tacks in Bagh­dad and the Iraqi province of Diyala, mostly claimed by the Is­lamic State ji­hadist group, have killed at least 30 peo­ple, po­lice and med­i­cal sources said to­day.

The dead­li­est of the at­tacks was in the Iraqi cap­i­tal's eastern dis­trict of Bagh­dad al-Ja­dida, a pre­dom­i­nantly Shi­ite area that has been one of the most tar­geted by car bombs in re­cent years.

At least 19 peo­ple were killed and 43 wounded when a car bomb ex­ploded near a mar­ket there on Tues­day, a po­lice colonel and hos­pi­tal sources said.

Another four peo­ple were killed and 10 wounded in a sim­i­lar at­tack in the south­ern neigh­bour­hood of Za­faraniya.

The Is­lamic State (IS) group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for both at­tacks, say­ing they had tar­geted Shi­ite mili­ti­a­men, a claim it of­ten makes even when most of the vic­tims are civil­ians.

A car bomb also struck a joint po­lice and army check­point in Tarmiya, a town which lies on of the main highways north of Bagh­dad, po­lice said.

At least three mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces were killed and nine wounded.

Also on Tues­day, a car bomb went off in Man­dali, a town in the eastern province of Diyala which lies near the bor­der with Iran, killing at least four peo­ple.

A huge sui­cide car bomb at­tack claimed by IS killed dozens of peo­ple in Khan Bani Saad, a town just north of Bagh­dad, on Fri- day.

Bagh­dad an­nounced in Jan­uary that Iraqi forces had "lib­er­ated" Diyala, sig­nif­i­cant parts of which had been over­run by IS af­ter the ji­hadists launched a bru­tally ef­fec­tive of­fen­sive in June 2014.

The ji­hadists no longer have fixed po­si­tions in the province but have re­verted to their old tac­tics of plant­ing car bombs and carry- ing out sui­cide oper­a­tions or hit-and-run at­tacks.

A week ago, the Is­lamic State mil­i­tants claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for an at­tack that killed more than 100 in a sui­cide car bomb­ing at a busy mar­ket in an Iraqi town. This was one of the dead­li­est at­tacks car­ried out by the mil­i­tant group since they over­ran large parts of the coun­try.

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