Evening bomb blasts kill 26 in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD — Bomb blasts tore through two Baghdad neighborhoods Wednesday evening, killing at least 26 people including several members of a wedding party and extending a relentless wave of bloodshed roiling Iraq. The attacks come as the country is experiencing its most sustained bout of violence since the 2011 U.S. military withdrawal. More than 500 people have been killed since the start of May. Wednesday’s deadliest attack struck a commercial street in the mixed Sunni-Shiite Jihad neighborhood, killing 16 and wounding 38, police said. Many of those slain were in a wedding party that was passing by when the blast went off, according to authorities. The southwestern neighborhood was one of the…

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