Tuesday, April 15, 2008


A car bomb has killed at least 38 people and injured 64 in the central Iraqi city of Baquba, police officials report.
The bomb exploded outside a restaurant opposite the court appeal building in the city, which is 60 miles (100km) north of Baghdad.
Shortly afterwards police said a bomb in the city of Ramadi, further west, had killed 13 people.
That also targeted a restaurant. About 14 people were reported injured.

Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, has been an insurgent stronghold, where militants linked to al-Qaeda are said to have regrouped after being driven away from Baghdad.
The city has recently been the scene of intensive US and Iraqi operations targeting the militants.
The bomb there exploded just before noon, when the area was crowded with people visiting government offices and eating lunch at the restaurant, the Associated Press (AP) news agency reported.
A police officer said the casualties included women and children.
There were so many wounded that ambulances were struggling to get them all to hospital, medical sources said.
The attack in Ramadi occurred in or outside a kebab restaurant, police said. It was reportedly carried out by a suicide attacker.
Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, was once the heart of the insurgency.
In contrast to Diyala, the region has seen a sharp decline in violence as Sunni tribal leaders have joined forces with American and Iraqi government forces against al-Qaeda.



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