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Multiple Baghdad blasts kill at least 8 people | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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BAGHDAD, (Reuters) – Three bombs exploded in a commercial Baghdad district and another blast hit the city’s western outskirts on Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding a dozen others, police and hospital sources said.

The first blast hit Baghdad’s central Bab al-Sharji district followed by two other explosions in the street nearby in attacks highlighting violence still troubling Iraq as the last U.S. troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the year.

At least two people were killed in the explosions and seven others were wounded, a police official and a medical source at a nearby Baghdad hospital said. Another security source said seven people were killed in those three explosions.

Six more people were killed and eight more were wounded on the outskirts of Baghdad earlier on Saturday when a roadside bomb hit a truck carrying construction workers in Abu Ghraib to the west of the capital.

Attacks in Iraq have dropped sharply since the peak of sectarian slaughter in 2006-2007, but bombings, assaults and assassinations by Sunni insurgents and Shi’ite militias still occur nearly daily almost nine years after the U.S. invasion.

The remaining 18,000 U.S. troops in Iraq are packing up by the end of the year when a security pact with Baghdad expires. Talks to keep some U.S. troops in Iraq as trainers fell apart over the question of legal immunity for U.S. soldiers.

Iraqi and U.S. officials say Iraq’s national military is capable of containing stubborn violence, but they are concerned about gaps the U.S. withdrawal will leave in their capabilities in areas like air defense and intelligence gathering.