Iraq: Roadside bombs kill 5 including soldier

Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say roadside bombs have killed five people in and near Baghdad.

Police officials say that the first explosion went off around noon on Saturday, targeting an Iraqi army patrol in the Sunni town of Taji just north of the capital, killing one soldier and wounding three others.

Meanwhile, another bomb exploded near vendors selling vegetables and fruits in a main street in Baghdad's southwestern neighborhood of Saidiyah, also a Sunni area, killing four people including a woman, the officials said.

Eleven others were wounded including three women, they said.

Health officials in nearby hospitals confirmed the casualties.

Violence has dropped in Iraq since the height of the insurgency a few years ago but deadly attacks still take place almost daily.

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