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Car Bomb Kills 11 in Baghdad

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Security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack in the capital's eastern Shiite-dominated New Baghdad neighborhood, Iraq, April 25, 2016.

Security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack in the capital's eastern Shiite-dominated New Baghdad neighborhood, Iraq, April 25, 2016.

A car bomb exploded in a predominantly Shi'ite commercial district in eastern Baghdad Monday, killing at least 11 civilians and wounding 38 others.

The suicide bomber blew up his parked car, according to local police - one of three similar attacks in just the last four days in the Iraqi capital.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility, but Islamic State frequently targets commercial areas and Shi'ite majority districts. The group has claimed responsibility for for two attacks in Baghdad in recent days.

Islamic State has increased attacks on Baghdad since the government, backed by U.S. airstrikes, has pushed the group back on a number of fronts in recent months in an effort to reclaim territory seized by the extremists during their sweep across northern and western Iraq in 2014.

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