MOSUL, Iraq, July 11 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and 35 others injured in a car bomb explosion on Saturday at a town near the city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, a provincial police source said.
The blast on Saturday afternoon hit a residential area in the town of Gugjely, some five kilometers northeast of Mosul, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, has been a stronghold for insurgent groups, including Al-Qaida organization.
Sporadic attacks continue in the city several days after the pullout of U.S. troops from Iraqi towns and cities in accordance with an agreement signed late last year between Baghdad and Washington.
According to the agreement, U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq's cities, towns and villages to their bases by June 30, 2009, and leave the country by Dec. 31, 2011.