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Two blasts kill 21 and injure more than 40 in Baghdad

At least 21 people were killed in the blasts. Credit: AP

Two bombs exploded at a busy market in Baghdad Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding more than 40 others, authorities said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but so-called Islamic State regularly targets civilians in the Iraqi capital.

Police said the blasts happened near car spare parts shops - one was a suicide bomber, and the other a planted explosive.

IS has lost much of the northern and western territory in Iraq that it seized in 2014, and is now fighting an Iraqi offensive in Mosul, their last major stronghold in the country.

Six people killed in Iraq bomb attack

Three mortar bombs have killed six people in a village near the Iraqi city of Baquba, 40 miles north east of Baghdad.

Mourners pray near the coffins of victims killed by a bomb attack at a Shi'ite Muslim village near the Iraqi city of Baquba Credit: REUTERS/ Alaa Al-Marjani

A woman and a child were among the victims, five of whom belonged to the same family. Police said the attackers might have been aiming at a nearby police station.

At least 17 people in all were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq. A bomb near a grocery market killed two people and wounded seven in the mainly Sunni district of Saydiya in southern Baghdad.

In western Baghdad a car bomb in a busy street killed three people and wounded 12 in Amriya district.


Twin bomb blasts in Pakistan kill at least seven

At least seven people including a child have been killed in twin blasts in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi.

Twin blasts have killed at least seven in Pakistan's Karachi. Credit: RTV

As well as the fatalities, around 28 people were injured as the bombs exploded outside a tea stall and a nearby caterer’s shop within a minute of each other, Pakistan newspaper The Express Tribune reported.

One of the victims is believed to be a child, with the explosions hitting a tea stall and a caterer's shop. Credit: RTV

Police officials said the blasts were caused by planted bombs, made from around three to four kilograms of explosive material and ball bearings.

Shops, cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the blasts. Credit: RTV

1,000 evacuated from San Antonio airport

Two terminals have been evacuated in San Antonio airport after authorities were alerted to "a very specific bomb threat." Airport spokesman Rich Johnson said:

All flights in and out are on hold. All aircraft are being held away from the terminal.

Jonson said about 1,000 people have been evacuated. No flights have been diverted, but six or seven flights that landed or were preparing to take off were ordered away from the terminal.

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