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Bomb blasts shake Iraqi capital
Police inspect the wreckage of a car in western Baghdad
Violence has surged since the attack on a Shia shrine last month
At least 8 people have been killed and 21 injured in a series of bombings in the west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

In the first attack, six civilians were killed when a roadside bomb exploded close to an Iraqi army patrol in Amiriya, an insurgent stronghold.

A second roadside bomb, targeting a police patrol in Jihad, injured three civilian bystanders.

Later, two people were killed and 13 wounded when a car bomb exploded in a busy street outside Yarmouk hospital.

The violence comes amid a spike of killings and revenge attacks following the bombing of an important Shia shrine in Samarra.

Hundreds of people have died in reprisals for the 22 March bombing, in addition to the frequent attacks by the mainly-Sunni insurgents campaigning against US-led forces and their Iraqi allies.

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