Series of Car Bombs Kill 27 People in Iraq

Sat Feb 28, 2015 16:47:03

Car bombs targeting a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people Saturday, authorities said.

The first bombs exploded near the market in the town of Balad Ruz, 70 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding 50, police and hospital officials said.

A suicide car bomber later attacked a checkpoint manned by Shiite militiamen near the city of Samarra, killing eight Shiite fighters and wounding 15, authorities said.

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Clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIS militants followed the attack around Samarra, 95 kilometers north of Baghdad.

A second suicide bomber attacked another Shiite militia checkpoint just south of Samarra, killing eight fighters and wounding 16, police and hospital officials said.

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