Suicide car bomber kills 3 people in Iraq's Diyala

19:42, July 20, 2010      

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A suicide car bomber struck a residential area in a town in Diyala province in eastern Iraq on Tuesday, killing three civilians and wounding nine others, a provincial police source said.

The attack took place around midday when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car at a residential area in the town of Qara-Tappa, some 120 km north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, the source from Diyala operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The powerful blast destroyed three houses in the Shiite Turkman neighborhood, the source said.

A one-year-and-a-half child was among the dead and a woman was among the wounded, the source added.

The toll could rise, as civil defense team and civilians were continuing removing debris from the collapsed houses looking for more possible victims, the source said.

Late on Monday, Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, was the scene of another suicide bomb attack when a suicide bomber detonated his booby-trapped car at a parking lot close to the casino in the city, killing seven people and wounding 26 others.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.

Source: Xinhua


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