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Officials: 11 killed in two Iraq bombings

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two bomb blasts have killed 11 people in cities nearly 150 kilometers apart from each other.

The first attack came at sunset Monday. A bomb hidden in a plastic bag exploded outside a pet store in Baqouba, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad.

Police and health officials said five people were killed in the blast and three were wounded.

An hour later in the city of Hillah, police said six people died when a minibus blew up as it pulled up to a popular soccer field.

Another 26 people were wounded. Health officials confirmed the casualties. Hillah is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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