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13 killed in Iraq restaurant blast

Thirteen people have been killed in a car bomb attack outside a restaurant south of Baghdad, an Iraqi doctor has said.

Dr Zuhair al-Khafaji, of the Hillah hospital, said the explosion in the town of al-Shumali also injured 41 bystanders.

The town is about 55 miles south of the capital.

Local police were having breakfast at the restaurant when the bomb went off, officials said.

It was not immediately clear how many police were among the dead.

A police official at the scene put the death toll at 11 and confirmed that 41 people were wounded. Conflicting death tolls are common immediately after large attacks in Iraq.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb targeting a security patrol in western Iraq killed two soldiers and injured nine others, two officials said.

That blast happened near the town of Habbaniyah, 50 miles west of Baghdad, in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province where insurgents frequently attack security forces who have worked with the US military.


From Belfast Telegraph