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Six killed in car bomb attack

A car bomb has killed six people belonging to an ethnic minority in Iraq's north.

The explosion tonight was in Bay Boukh, a village inhabited by families from the Shabak ethnic group. The village is near the city of Mosul, 225 miles north west of Baghdad.

The Shabak have their own distinct language and belief system. Police said 11 people were wounded also in the attack.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualties.

According to the United Nations, 8,868 people were killed in Iraq last year - the country's highest death toll since a peak of sectarian bloodletting in 2007.

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