Deadly bombings strike Iraq's Diyala province

Cafe in town of Baquba hit by two explosions, killing 10 people and wounding at least 18.

     

    Ten people have been killed and at least 15 others wounded by two explosions that struck a popular coffee shop in the Iraqi province of Diyala, security sources have said.

    Diyala province has long been one of the most volatile regions in Iraq, inhabited by a mix of Sunnis, Shias and Kurds. 

    The attacks took place in a mainly Sunni village on the outskirts of Baquba, 65km northeast of Baghdad, a policeman in the village and a source in Diyala operations command said.

    The sources said the first explosion, set off by a suicide car bomber, killed 10 people and wounded 15 others. The
    policeman said a second bomb planted inside the coffee shop wounded three more people.

    "We received 10 bodies and 18 wounded," Abdul-Razaq Hussein, a doctor in Baquba hospital, told the Reuters news agency. Other news agencies reported a lower amount of wounded victims.

    Tensions between Shias, Sunnis and Kurds in Iraq's coalition government have been high since US forces withdrew
    in December, raising fears of a return to the sectarian violence that almost drove the country to the edge of civil war
    a few years ago.

    Although violence in Iraq has dropped sharply from the height of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, bombings and killings still occur on a daily basis.

    Five civilians were killed and 27 others wounded earlier on Thursday when a roadside bomb and a car bomb exploded in
    Baghdad.

    Last Thursday, more than 20 bombs hit cities and towns across Iraq, killing at least 36 people and wounding almost 150.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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