Baquba car bomb kills 14, wounds 70

At least 14 people were killed and 70 wounded in a car-bomb attack in Khalis, near the Iraqi town of Baquba, police and medical sources said.

    The latest attack occurred as a memorial service was being held

    "Fourteen people have been killed and 70 injured, many seriously, in the car bombing," said doctor Ammar Subhi Zidan at Khalis hospital on Tuesday. 

    He said the attack, "the bloodiest" car bombing since the handover of power, took place around 4:15pm (12:15 GMT).

    The bomb exploded near a house where a memorial service was being held for two Iraqis killed in an attack on Sunday in Baquba, said General Walid Abd al-Salaam, police chief of the Diyala province.

    US troops rushed to the scene of the attack as people in the area fired shots into the air in the chaos that ensued.

    The US military had no immediate confirmation of the incident.

    Baquba, 60km north of Baghdad, was the scene of street fighting and attacks that killed dozens of people, mostly policemen and fighters in late June.

    Basra blast

    "The bloodiest" car bombing since the handover of power, took place around 4:15 pm

    Dr Ammar Subhi Zidan,
    Khalis hospital

    In another incident, a roadside bomb was detonated as a convoy of oil security guards drove through the southern city of Basra on Tuesday, killing a passerby and wounding two others, police at the scene said.

    Witnesses said the security guards, part of a force set up to protect Iraq's oil infrastructure, were unharmed.

    Last month, exports were halted entirely for several days after the two main southern pipelines feeding Iraq's export terminals, were blown up.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.