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Amid a massive security operation to secure Baghdad, car bombs Sunday struck in two Shiite neighborhoods targeting civilians and police, Iraqi officials said.
At least 57 people were reported killed, most of them civilians killed in a twin car bomb attack.
The two car bombs detonated in quick succession near marketplaces and bus stops in the southeastern district of Baghdad known as al-Jadida, or "New Baghdad," killing 56 people and wounding at least 128 others, Baghdad police said.
The attack happened around 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) along the main commercial street that runs through the mostly Shiite district.
About an hour later, one policeman was killed and 10 people were wounded when a driver blew himself up and his car near an Iraqi National Police checkpoint in Sadr City, an Interior Ministry official said.