Bombings kill 45 in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad and outskirts: Officials

October 12, 2014 9:13 AM

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Bombings kill 45 in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad and outskirts: Officials

Baghdad: At least 45 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad and its rural outskirts on Saturday as the government continued to defend the capital against jihadists who four months ago seized major cities in northern Iraq.

Islamic State (IS) fighters, who took control of large sections of Iraq this year, regularly target Shi`ite districts in Baghdad and are penetrating surrounding farmland where Iraqi security forces and Shi`ite militias try to push them back.

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