Bomb attacks claim five lives in Iraq

BOMBBAGHDAD: A series of explosions in Baghdad killed at least five people and wounded nearly 20 on Sunday, including a bombing claimed by the Islamic State militant group near the Baghdad International Airport.

The first blast took place near a police patrol in the suburb of Radwaniya, killing two policemen and wounding five.

Police also reported a roadside bombing on a commercial street in the Hay Jami’a neighbourhood, which killed three people and wounded nine.

Near the Baghdad International Airport, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a car bomb at one of the first airport checkpoints, wounding five people and causing extensive damage to cars in the parking lot. In a statement posted on a militant website, the group identified the attacker as a man named Abu Muawiya al-Falluji, saying he was targeting Americans leaving the airport.

The statement could not immediately be verified but it was posted on a website frequently used by the group. The blast hit a United Nations convoy of three vehicles that was passing at the time of the explosion, but no one in the convoy was wounded, the UN said on Sunday.

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