5 killed, 45 wounded in car bomb attack in Iraq's Salahuddin province

10:04, June 19, 2010      

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Five people were killed and 45 others were injured Friday when a bomb-rigged car exploded near a provincial council member's house in Iraq's northern province of Salahuddin, local police said.

The explosion occurred in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, 170 km north of Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 45 others, the source told Xinhua.

Several houses and shops were damaged, the police later defused another bomb in the same area, he added.

Almost at the same time, a car loaded with explosives was also detonated at the country's eastern province of Diyala, leaving at least 2 people killed and about 30 others injured.

Overall violence in Iraq has dropped sharply since the height of sectarian warfare in 2006-2007, but an inconclusive March parliamentary election has fueled a new wave of bloodshed.

The U.S. forces have pulled out of Iraqi cities and are working to formally end combat operations by September 1 of this year, cutting the U.S. military force from just under 90,000 to 50,000.

Source: Xinhua


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