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7 wounded in bomb explosion in Iraq's Diyala


09:29, August 12, 2011

BAQUBA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were wounded in a bomb explosion at a popular marketplace in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala on Thursday, a provincial police source said.

The bomb went off and injured seven people at a crowded marketplace in the city of Jalawlaa, some 130 km northeast of Baghdad, Lieutenant Colonel Ghalib al-Karkhi spokesman of Diyala provincial police told Xinhua.

In a separate incident, the Iraqi security forces carried out separate operations across the province and arrested 12 individuals, including six wanted for terrorism charges, al-Karkhi said.

Also in Diyala, the Iraqi security forces seized a cache of rockets and explosives at an orchard in the city of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, he added.

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.


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