Deadly bombs and shootings kill 17 in Bahgdad

A bomb blasts followed by targeted shootings killed at least 17 people in a crowded Baghdad market near a revered Shia Muslim shrine. The attack appears to have been aimed at intimidating Iraq's Shia community, who are a frequent target of Sunni fighters. Travellers should be aware that personal security in Bahgdad and in Iraq is tenuous at best. Unexpected and unannounced car bombs and suicide bombers may occur at any time in any place. Several countries advise their citizens to avoid all travel to Iraq at this time.

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