Iraq twin car bombings kill 9 in latest attacks
Two car bombings today in Iraq have killed nine people and wounded 27, police officials say.
In the larger of the two attacks, a car bomb exploded near a car repair shops in Aziziyah. Seven people were killed and 20 were wounded in that blast. Aziziyah is 55 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of Baghdad.
Earlier on Tuesday, a car bomb went off targeting an army patrol north of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding seven people, five of them were civilians.
Medics in nearby hospitals confirmed the death toll. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
The bombings came a day after a string of deadly attacks across Iraq killed 55 people, and ahead of Saturday's first elections in the country since U.S. withdrew troops in 2011.