Friday, June 29, 2012

Car bombing kills 5, wounds 32 in east Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 28 (Xinhua) -- A car bomb ripped through a popular rural market in eastern Iraq on Thursday night, leaving at least five dead and 32 wounded, a local police source said.

The blast happened in a village east of Baquba, the capital city of Diyala province, with children and women among the victims, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Police have cordoned off the area and an investigation was underway, the source said. As some wounded were in serious conditions, the death toll could rise later, he added.

Diyala province, which borders on Iran, was once the hotbed of Sunni insurgents and Shiite militants. Violence has ebbed in recent years there, but shootings and bombings remain chronic.

2012-06-29 05:34:12
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