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At least 27 people were killed on Saturday morning in Baghdad when five different car bombs exploded across the city.
Three of the bombings came over a period of less than 10 minutes. The first one came at an Abu Dsheer district police checkpoint and resulted in the deaths of seven people, Reuters reports.
The other suicide bombings were spread between the southwestern, western and north districts of the capital city. Two bombings targeted the Kadhimiya district, which has a large Shi'ite shrine there. More than 60 people were left injured in the wake of the explosions.
According to The Associated Press, these bombings are the deadliest to hit a city since a move for increased security and has done its best to continue normally despite the worry that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will eventually reach there.
Fighting between Iraqi military forces and the insurgents continue mostly elsewhere, with some recent battles coming around the former U.S. military facility Camp Speicher, which is located northwest of Baghdad.
It was originally believed ISIS forces might have taken control on Friday, but Iraqi military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said they were able to rebuff the Sunni militants.
The military has also been trying to retake Tikrit, which is only 45 miles north of the capital Iraq city, but ISIS insurgents were able to force a temporary retreat.