Fifteen killed by Baghdad car bombs

A string of car bomb attacks in and around Baghdad has killed 15 people and wounded dozens.

Police said the attacks started when a parked car exploded in Mahmoudiya, killing five people. The town is about 20 miles south of the Iraqi capital.

A suicide car bomb later struck near a security checkpoint in the Baghdad suburb of Taji, killing six. Another explosion in the Shula district killed four people.

Violence has fallen since the peak of insurgency in Iraq several years ago, but lethal attacks still occur frequently.

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