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Suicide bombing, shelling kill 14 in Baghdad: officials

19 september 2014, 10:26

  A suicide bombing and shelling in the Shiite-majority Kadhimiyah district of north Baghdad killed at least 14 people on Thursday, security and medical officials said, AFP reports.

The attacks also wounded more than 30 people, the officials said.

There was no immediate claim for the attacks, but Sunni extremists, including those from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, frequently target members of Iraq's Shiite majority, whom they consider heretics.

IS-led militants launched a major offensive in June, overrunning large areas north and west of Baghdad and sweeping security forces aside.

Iraqi federal forces, Kurdish fighters, Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribesmen are fighting to regain ground from the militants, backed by American air strikes.

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