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Baghdad Bombings Kill 17 People, Wound 60

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Civilians gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad's western Iskan neighborhood, Iraq, Oct. 29, 2016. Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber targeting Shiiite pilgrims has killed seven people and wounded more than 20 in the Iraqi capital, Bagh

Civilians gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad's western Iskan neighborhood, Iraq, Oct. 29, 2016. Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber targeting Shiiite pilgrims has killed seven people and wounded more than 20 in the Iraqi capital, Bagh

Five explosions left at least 17 people dead and 60 wounded in Baghdad Sunday, authorities said.

A parked car bomb hit a popular fruit and vegetable market in a commercial street of the northwestern neighborhood of Hurriyah, a predominantly Shi'ite district, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 30 others.

Officials, police and hospital authorities, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, said improvised explosive devices killed three people and wounded 10 at a popular market in the Shaab neighborhood in northern Baghdad.

Two other explosions at traders' markets in the Topchi and Zataria areas killed four and wounded 16 people.

Yet, another bomb, planted in a microbus in the poorer Sadr City district left six people wounded.

The Sunday attacks came just a day after an IS suicide bomber targeted an aid station for Shiite pilgrims, killing at least seven and wounding more than 20.

There has been no claim of responsibility for Sunday’s bombings, but the Sunni extremist group often targets Iraq's Shiite majority, which it views as apostates deserving of death.

The most recent string of bombings came as Iraqi security forces are engaged in an offensive to take back Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from IS.

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