Iraqi firefighters extinguish a fire at the site of an explosion near the northern city of Kirkuk on July 25, 2013
Iraqi firefighters extinguish fire from a vehicle at the site of an explosion near the northern city of Kirkuk on July 25, 2013. Bombs exploded near shops and cafes in Iraq on Thursday night, killing at least 17 people, officials said. © Marwan Ibrahim - AFP
Iraqi firefighters extinguish a fire at the site of an explosion near the northern city of Kirkuk on July 25, 2013
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Last updated: July 25, 2013

Bombings kill at least 17 in Iraq

Bombs exploded near shops and cafes in Iraq on Thursday night, killing at least 17 people, officials said.

With the latest attacks, more than 700 people have been killed in unrest in Iraq in July, making it the deadliest month so far in a year marked by spiralling violence.

In the deadliest attack, a roadside bomb exploded at about 8:30 pm (1730 GMT) on the main street in the town of Nawfel, north of Baghdad, while another bomb detonated after people gathered at the scene.

The two blasts killed 15 people and wounded another 15.

And in Madain, south of Baghdad, a bomb exploded in a cafe, killing at least two people and wounding at least 10.

The blasts struck after the iftar meal that breaks the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at a time when many people go shopping or relax in cafes.

Militants have carried out several evening attacks in crowded areas in past weeks.

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