Series of blasts in Baghdad kill 7 people, wound 24

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Seven people have been killed and 24 injured in four separate blasts in Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, according to Iraqi security officials, Anadolu Agency reported.

Earlier, twelve people were killed and 29 others injured in a suicide bomb blast in central Baghdad.

The attack came as Iraq continues to suffer from increased sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims, which the Iraqi government has blamed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL.

A security official told Anadolu Agency: "The suicide bomber, wearing an explosive belt, blew himself up at noon today, near the shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al-Gilani, killing 12 civilians and wounding 29 others."

He said the shrine was frequented by Shia muslims in central Baghdad and security forces had cordoned off the scene and transferred the bodies of the dead and injured to a nearby hospital.

Baghdad has recently been hit by a series of violence, including car bombs and improvised explosives, resulting in the death and injury of dozens of citizens and members of the security forces.

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