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More than 40 dead in multiple Iraq bombings
April 19, 2013, 2:33 pm


Civilians gather at the scene of a car bomb attack on Monday in the east Baghdad neighbourhood of Kamaliya, Iraq [AP]

At least 27 people were killed and 51 others wounded on Thursday evening when a bomb struck a cafe in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, police said.

The bombing attack took place at about 9:30 p.m. local time (1830 GMT) in the Al Ameriyah neighbourhood in west Baghdad, with children and women among those killed, a police source told Xinhua.

The cafe was located inside a small shopping building, which also contains clothes shops, Internet cafes and restaurants.

In a separate incident, sevem people were killed and 24 others injured when two roadside bombs hit worshipers near two mosques north of Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Friday, the police said.

A bomb struck worshipers when they were leaving a Sunni mosque near the town of Kalise in Diyala province, a local police source was quoted by Xinhua.

Six people were killed and 12 others were injured in the attack, he added.

Separately, one worshiper was killed and 12 others were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, the source said.

Violence is still common in Iraq despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

Iraqis are preparing for the provincial polls on Saturday to elect their provincial council members.

Source: Agencies