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Blasts in Baghdad Target Early Voters in Iraq

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More than a dozen people died in Baghdad today after a series of explosions went off across Iraq's capital.

The attacks happened as early voting in Iraq started today ahead of Sunday's national parliamentary election. The Associated Press reports that detainees, hospital patients and medical workers were among those who cast votes today because they aren't able to make it to the polling stations on Sunday.

All three bomb blasts targeted voters. Two occurred outside polling stations in the Hurriya and Mansour neighborhoods. The third blast occurred near policemen waiting to vote.

"Terrorists wanted to hamper the elections, thus they started to blow themselves up in the streets," Iraq's Deputy Interior Minister Ayden Khalid Qader said. He's responsible for election-related security.