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Car bomb kills two in Iraqi town
January 12, 2019
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BAGHDAD: A car bomb blast killed at least one person and injured more than a dozen the Iraqi town of Al Qaim on the Syrian border on Friday, a statement from Iraq’s military said.

The military said one person was killed, and 16 people were injured.

A local senior police source put the number killed at three, with 23 injured. The military and the police said four members of the security forces were among those injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in Al Qaim, which went off in the middle of a busy market on Friday morning. It was described by the military in its statement as a terrorist attack.

Earlier this week, a car bomb blast killed two people and injured six in Tikrit, a city 150km northwest of Baghdad.

The blast — described by the military as a “terrorist attack” — occurred at a checkpoint.

The two dead were police officers, according to a local police source and a hospital source.

In its statement, the military referred to the two dead only as civilians.

The wounded included two soldiers, a police officer and three civilians, according to the police source.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in Tikrit, the hometown of late ruler Saddam Hussein.

Iraq declared victory Daesh in December 2017 after two years of fighting.

However, the militants have continued to carry out insurgent-style attacks on security forces across the country.

Al Qaim was recaptured from Daesh in November 2017 and was the group’s last bastion in Iraq to fall last year.

Agencies

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