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9 killed in car bomb in Iraq's Diyala


9 killed in car bomb in Iraq's Diyala

BAQUBA, Iraq, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 9 people were killed and 20 wounded in a car bomb explosion on Monday, in Iraq's province of Diyala, a provincial police said.

The attack occurred around noon when a booby-trapped car parked near a popular cafe in the town of Buhruz, close to the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, an anonymous provincial police source told Xinhua.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene, while local authorities blocked the entrances of the town and imposed curfew for fear of further bomb attacks, the source said.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the border in east of the country, has long been a volatile area since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated military operations against the militant groups.