BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say at least 23 people have been killed in a series of car bombings in and around the capital today.
Nine people were killed in the town of Mahmoudiya (mahk-moo-DEE'-ah), where one car bomb went off near the local council building, followed by another at an outdoor market.
Other bombs exploded in several Baghdad neighborhoods. Police also say they found the bodies of three men and a woman dumped in a Baghdad street. They had been shot.
The attacks come as fierce fighting continues in the western province of Anbar. Government forces and allied tribal militiamen are trying to drive out militants linked to al-Qaida who have seized parts of the provincial capital, Ramadi, and the city center in nearby Fallujah.
The Defense Ministry says 57 militants were killed in military operations overnight in Ramadi. It didn't say whether the militants were killed in fighting or airstrikes.
APPHOTO ZHM103: Iraqi civilians inspect the site of a car bomb in a commercial area in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northern Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Iraqi officials say car bombings on Monday in and near Baghdad have killed or wounded scores of people. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) (3 Feb 2014)
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