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Blast near US consulate in Iraq

A car bomb has exploded outside the US consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

No consulate personnel or guards were killed or injured in the blast, according to a US official.

A reporter on the scene said the large blast went off just outside the consulate building in Irbil's Ankawa neighbourhood, setting nearby cars on fire.

Kurdish security forces quickly arrived on the scene.

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