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Car bombs kill 15 in Shiite Baghdad districts: police

BAGHDAD -- Car bombs killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 40 Wednesday on the main streets of two Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

One explosion ripped through a petrol station in the large northern neighborhood of Sadr City at around 7:00 p.m. (1600 GMT), as cars were lining up to fill up, witnesses said.

Motorcyclists, who are not allowed to bring their bikes into the station, were also standing in line with empty jerricans.

"I was on my way to having my mobile fixed at the shop when the car exploded on the other side of the street," irrigation ministry employee Ali Dakhel said.

"I heard the sound of the explosion and saw a big fire but when the police began shooting in the air to prevent anyone from coming close, I ran away from the scene," he said.

"There were wounded people shouting and bodies on the ground."

At least nine people were killed, according to hospital and police sources.

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