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Iraqi officials say 23 killed in series of blasts

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a series of car bombs has killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens in Shiite areas of Baghdad.

The attacks on Sunday, the start of the local work week, mostly targeted outdoor markets.

Police and hospital officials provided the death toll, saying nearly 70 people were wounded in the blasts.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief reporters.

Violence in Iraq has fallen since the height of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, but lethal attacks are still common.

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