Gulf & Middle East
32 killed in Baghdad car bomb explosion
May 16, 2007 - 5:24:06 PM

Baghdad, May 16 - The death toll in a suicide car bomb attack last night in a crowded market in a Shia enclave in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, rose to at least 32, police said Wednesday.

Reports reaching here from the province quoted the police as saying that the car bomb attack also injured some 50 others.

Earlier in the day, a source from Diyala police said that the suicide car bomb attack killed some 14 people and wounded 22.

'A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car into a popular market in the town of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday evening, killing 14 people and wounding 22 others,' said the source.

The powerful blast damaged several nearby shops and buildings, the source added.

Afterwards, several mortar rounds landed on the town's main road, apparently, in an attempt to hamper police vehicles and ambulances from approaching the scene, the source said.

Diyala province has long been the hotbed of insurgency and sectarian violence despite the US and Iraqi security operations in the area.

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