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Suicide attacks in Baghdad kills 14 with dozen injured

Suicide attacks aiming security forces in two Baghdad suburbs have killed at least 14 people and injured dozens, officials said Sunday.

A suicide car bomb hit a barrier in the eastern suburb of Hussainiyah late Saturday, killing six civilians and four soldiers, a police officer said. He added that another 28 people were wounded in the attack. The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a declaration despatched on a rebellious website.

An additional police officer said a suicide car bomb hit a passing military group at around the same time in the southern suburb of Arab Jabour, killing four soldiers and hurting eight others.

Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information.

Iraqi forces supported by U.S.-led airstrikes have pushed IS back on a number of fronts in contemporary months, piercing back territory detained by the extremists during their sweep across northern and western Iraq in 2014.

But IS has sustained to carry out attacks in and around Baghdad, largely aiming security forces and the country’s Shia majority.