2 killed in market blast in western Iraq

17:58, April 30, 2010      

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Two people were killed and nine wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in a market in western Iraq on Friday, a local police source said.

The blast struck a popular market in Fallujah, some 65 km west of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua.

Iraqi security forces have cordoned off the blast site and are hunting for the attackers.

Fallujah was once a stronghold of insurgency after the 2003 U.S. -led war toppled former President Saddam Hussein's regime.

Despite security improvement in recent years, violence still occurs almost every day in this war-torn country. A political stalemate in the wake of the March 7 parliamentary election has challenged its fragile security, as multiple coordinated blasts hit the capital in the past month, leaving hundreds dead or injured.



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