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Apr 24, 7:42 AM EDT

Bombings in Iraq near market and courthouse kill 7



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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say two bombings, one near a marketplace and the other near a courthouse, have killed seven people.

Police officials say the first of Friday's attacks took place in the morning, when a bomb exploded near an outdoor market in the Sunni town of Tarmiyiah, killing four people and wounding eight. Tarmiyah is 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad.

A bomb near a courthouse killed three people and wounded nine in the town of Mahmoudiyah, south of Baghdad.

Medical officials confirmed the death toll. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Sunni extremist Islamic State group has claimed scores of past attacks targeting security forces and Iraq's majority Shiites.

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