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Baghdad-Area Bombings Kill 22

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People gather at the scene of a deadly car bombing in the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 15, 2015.

People gather at the scene of a deadly car bombing in the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 15, 2015.

A car bombing Saturday at a popular auto dealership in a Shi'ite-majority suburb of Baghdad killed 13 people and wounded at least 52, Iraqi officials said.

The blast hit the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, the same district where a massive truck bomb ripped through a wholesale vegetable market just two days before, killing 67 people — one of the worst attacks in Baghdad in a decade.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's attack, but the jihadist Islamic State group frequently targets Shi'ites, whom it considers to be heretics. IS said it was behind Thursday's attack.

The well-known Habibiya car dealership has been targeted multiple times in the past.

A series of other bombings Saturday killed at least nine people and wounded 33 in and around Baghdad.

The largest took place in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, when a bomb tore through a popular market, killing three people and wounding 10, police said.

In Taji, north of Baghdad, a bomb hit a row of vehicle repair shops, killing two people and injuring eight. Other blasts targeted busy commercial streets and markets in Jisr Diyala and Iskan.

As Islamic State militants have been occupied with fighting elsewhere, the frequency of blasts in Baghdad had declined in recent months.

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