Two bombings kill 8 people in Iraq

Iraqi authorities say two separate bombings on commercial streets have killed eight people in and around Baghdad.

Baghdad: Iraqi authorities say two separate bombings on commercial streets have killed eight people in and around Baghdad.

Police officials say a bomb exploded today at a wholesale market in Baghdad's western district of Baiyaa, killing five people and wounding 11 others.

Later on, a bomb blast inside on a commercial street killed three people and wounded nine others in the town of Madian, about 20 kilometers southeast of the capital.

Medics confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of US troops as the Islamic State group is in control of about a third of the country.