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Nearly 2 dozen dead in Baghdad bombings

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police officials say a pair of explosions, including a suicide bombing, killed nearly two dozen people in the capital, Baghdad.

Police officials say the suicide bomber targeted a street filled with hardware stores, killing 13 people and wounding at least 30. Two improvised explosive devices in another part of Baghdad detonated 25 feet apart from one another, killing at least nine people and wounding 25.

There has been no claim for either attack thus far.

The incident comes ahead of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s decision to lift Iraq’s longtime curfew beginning at midnight Sunday.

Baghdad has remained relatively calm, but recent bombings have frequently targeted Shiite-majority areas in the capital. The violence has been considerably subdued from the darkest days of sectarian bloodletting in 2006 and 2007.