2 killed, 35 injured in car bombing in northern Iraq

11:57, April 05, 2010      

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Two people were killed and 35 others injured in a car bomb explosion on Sunday near a police patrol in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, a local police source said.

A booby-trapped car parked near a popular marketplace in the Wadi Hajar neighborhood in southern Mosul detonated near a passing police patrol, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A police officer and several policemen were among the wounded, the source said.

The blast also destroyed a nearby old building and damaged several others, along with causing damages to several nearby civilian cars and shops, he said.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene while U.S. helicopters flew overhead, he said, adding that rescue teams are removing debris to try to rescue more victims believed to be buried beneath.

Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, has been a stronghold of insurgent groups and al-Qaida fighters in the war-torn country.

Nineveh province remains one of Iraq's most volatile areas despite major security crackdowns by U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces to uproot the insurgency which erupted shortly after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Source: Xinhua

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