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Car bomb explosion kills 5, wounds 11 in disputed area in Northern Iraq

Associated Press
Dec 17, 2012 at 12:21pm IST

Baghdad: Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has killed five people and wounded eleven others in the country's north, the second day in a row in which blasts have targeted disputed regions there.

Police officials said the explosion Monday morning was in al-Mouafaqiyah, a village inhabited by families from the Shabak ethnic group. The region near the city of Mosul, 360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, is claimed by Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds.

The Shabak have their own distinct language and belief system. Medics in nearby hospital confirmed the casualties.

Blast kills 5 in disputed area in Northern Iraq

Police said the explosion was in al-Mouafaqiyah, a village inhabited by the Shabak ethnic group.

All officials in the two spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to journalists. Sunday's attacks left at least eight killed and dozens wounded.

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