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Suicide bombings against Iraqi forces kill at least 10

Iraqi security forces stand guard at the main gates of Baghdad's Green Zone during a demonstration by supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr calling for governmental reform and elimination of corruption on March 18, 2016. Thousands of supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr defied a government ban to launch sit-ins at the main gates of Baghdad's Green Zone aimed at pushing for reforms. PHOTO: AFP

Iraqi security forces stand guard at the main gates of Baghdad’s Green Zone during a demonstration by supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr calling for governmental reform and elimination of corruption on March 18, 2016.<br />Thousands of supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr defied a government ban to launch sit-ins at the main gates of Baghdad’s Green Zone aimed at pushing for reforms. PHOTO: AFP<br />

Three suicide bombers targeted Iraqi forces in the Baghdad area and the country’s south on Monday, killing at least 10 people, security and medical officials said.

The morning attacks also wounded at least 45 people, the sources said.

One bomber targeted a joint police and army checkpoint in north Baghdad, while two others struck pro-government paramilitaries on a street in Mishahada, north of the capital, and in a restaurant in Nasiriyah in southern Iraq.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but the Islamic State jihadist group frequently carries out suicide bombings in Iraq targeting civilians and security forces.

IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces have since regained significant ground with the assistance of US-led air strikes and training.



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