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Baghdad bombings leave at least 24 people dead

A spate of bombings across Baghdad killed at least 24 people today, two days after the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office one year ago.

Series of deadly explosions come 2 days after 70 people were killed in Sadr City blast

An explosion took place in the Baghdad district of Habibiya, where 15 people were killed when a car bomb detonated. (Karim Kadim/Associated Press)

A spate of bombings across Baghdad killed at least 24 people today, two days after the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office one year ago.

The deadliest attack took place in the district of Habibiya, where 15 people were killed when a car bomb exploded near an open area where cars are displayed for sale.

"The investigation, based on footage from a surveillance camera, showed a man parking a white car and sneaking into a nearby tea kiosk. Five minutes later, the car exploded," said police officer Murtatha Abid Ali at the scene of Saturday's explosion, which wounded 35 people.

Surveillance footage appears to show a man parking a white car and leaving the area five minutes before the car exploded in Baghdad, an Iraqi police officer said. (Karim Kadim/Associated Press)

Habibiya is near Sadr City, where more than 70 people were killed in a massive truck bomb blast claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thursday.

Two more people were killed and seven wounded in a bomb blast targeting vehicle repair shops in Taji to the north of the capital. Other blasts in busy commercial streets and markets in Jisr Diyala, Madaen and Iskan killed seven.

Security forces and militia groups are fighting ISIS in Anbar province, located in western Iraq. In Baghdad, Abadi has proposed sweeping reforms aimed at reducing corruption and patronage, the biggest changes to the political system since the end of U.S. military occupation.

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