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Death toll rises to 8 in Iraq's suicide attack against police

English.news.cn   2011-02-18 00:10:48 FeedbackPrintRSS

BAQUBA, Iraq, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a suicide bombing in Iraq's eastern Diyala province on Thursday has risen to eight, while 30 others were wounded, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

"The latest report showed that eight people were killed and 30 others were wounded in the blast, while eight nearby cars were totally destroyed," the source from Diyala's operations command said on condition of anonymity.

The attack occurred when a suicide bomber drove his explosive- laden car into a police checkpoint near the town of al-Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, he said.

Diyala province, which stretches from eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border, has long been the stronghold of al-Qaida militant groups and hotbed of insurgency and sectarian violence since the U.S.-led invasion broke out in 2003.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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