Iraq car bombings kill 31, wound dozens

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Iraqis look at the damage following a twin suicide bombing attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah, situated deep in Iraq's Shiite heartland, on May 1, 2016. (HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqis look at the damage following a twin suicide bombing attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah, situated deep in Iraq’s Shiite heartland, on May 1, 2016. (HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD — Officials say dual bombings in southern Iraq have killed 31 people and wounded more than 50.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility in an online statement, saying they were carried out by suicide attackers targeting police.

A police officer says the blasts occurred in two parked cars packed with explosives that were detonated within minutes of each other in the city of Samawah. The first one went off near government offices, while the second exploded minutes later at an open-air bus station.

The Shiite-dominated city is located about 230 miles south of the capital, Baghdad.