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BAGH­DAD — T wo c ar bomb s killed at l east 23 peopl e in Bagh­dad and w ounded about 80 o thers e arly y es­ter­day morn­ing, s ecu­rity s ources said, one tar get­ing the l atenight cr owds t yp­i­cal o f the Mus­lim hol y month of R amadan who shop and e at ahe ad o f the ne xt da y’s f ast.

Is­lamic S tate, (Isis ) the S unni hard­line gr oup that c on­trols parts o f Ir aq and S yria, cl aimed both at tacks in s tate­ments on its Amaq ne ws ag ency.

A c ar p acked with e xplo­sives blew up ne ar a popul ar ic e cream shop in the c om­mer­cial Kar­rada dis trict, killing at l east 1 3 peo­ple and w ound­ing 40 jus t af­ter mid­night .

A f ew hour s l ater, a s econd bomb­ing kill ed 10 peopl e and wounded 44 mor e ne ar a g overn­ment o ffice in K arkh dis trict.

Dur­ing R amadan many Mus­lims s tay up un­til the e arly hours, g oing out t o spend time with their f am­i­lies, shop and e at be­fore da wn br eaks and the ne xt day’s f ast be gins.

Is­lamic S tate has been r etreat­ing in Ir aq sinc e the end o f 2015. — R eu­ters.

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