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Suicide bomber kills at least 14 at Baghdad checkpoint

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Iraqi workers clean the pavement at the site of a suicide bombing in the Kadhimiyah area, home to a major Shiite shrine.
(Sabah Arar / AFP/Getty Images)

A suicide bomber attacked a security checkpoint in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said. 

The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device at one of the busy entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least 10 civilians and four policemen, a police officer said. At least 31 other people were wounded, he added. 

Three more civilians were killed and 11 wounded in a bomb explosion in an outdoor market in Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib, another police officer said. 

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

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In an online statement, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Kadhimiyah attack, saying it targeted a gathering of security forces and Shiite militia members. The Associated Press could not verify the authenticity of the statements, but they were posted on a militant website commonly used by the extremists. Security forces and public areas, mainly in Shiite neighborhoods, are one of the most frequent targets for Islamic State, which controls key areas in mainly northern and western Iraq. 

Since late last year, the group has suffered a string of territorial losses, most recently last month in Fallujah, where it was driven out by Iraqi forces after occupying the city for more than two years. But the extremists have continued to carry out near-daily bombings in and around Baghdad, as well as complex attacks in other countries. 

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