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At least 30 wounded in spate of bomb attacks in Iraq's Diyala

English.news.cn   2012-09-08 21:00:02            

BAQUBA, Iraq, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least 30 people were wounded Saturday in a series of bomb attacks in the city of Baquba, the capital of Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police source said.

The coordinated attacks occurred in the afternoon when two roadside bombs went off almost simultaneously in al-Tahrir area in southern Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Minutes later, a third blast took place when a bomb planted in a civilian car detonated in the same area, the source said.

A total of 30 people were injured by the blasts, six of them were in critical condition, the source said, adding that Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene and defused a fourth roadside bomb.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.

Editor: znz
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