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Series of bombings kill nearly 40 people across Baghdad 

A series of bombings by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad and a rush- hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people Tuesday, Fox News reported.

Later in the day, bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed seven more people.

The nighttime attack outside the ice cream shop in Karrada neighborhood killed 17 people and wounded 32, police and health officials said. Videos of the aftermath emerged on social media showing wounded people looking for help. A surveillance camera also captured the moment of the explosion. It showed a busy avenue packed with cars at the time of the explosion that tried to get away of the place.

In the second attack, an explosives-laden car went off during rush hour near the state-run Public Pension Office in Baghdad’s busy Shawaka area. A police officer said that it killed 14 and wounded at least 37 people.

In separate online statements, IS claimed responsibility for the two attacks, saying its suicide bombers targeted gatherings of Shiites

Later Tuesday, seven people died and 19 were wounded in four separate bombings in and around Baghdad, officials said. The attacks targeted commercial areas and a patrol of Sunni anti-IS tribal fighters, they said. No group immediately claimed those attacks.

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