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Triple bombing hits Baghdad market area, killing 4

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a triple bombing has struck a busy market area in northern Baghdad, killing four people.

Police officials say the three bombs went off near-simultaneously at the entrance of the market in the city's Sulaikh district. The officials say the explosions also wounded 16 people. Medics confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Friday's attack came only a day after a series of attacks targeting commercial areas killed 26 people. Violence has escalated in Iraq over the past year. The country last year saw its highest death toll since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting began to subside in 2007, according to United Nations figures.

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