Iraq Market Bombs Kill 5, Wound 70: Official

Local official blames al-Qaeda

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 1, 2013 1:00 AM CST

(Newser) – A pair of car bombs has exploded at a livestock market in the south of Iraq, killing five and wounding dozens, an official says. The head of the provincial council says 70 people were wounded in the attack in Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad. He blamed the blasts on al-Qaeda, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Violence in Iraq has fallen since the height of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, but deadly attacks are still frequent. Friday's attacks come a day after bombings in Baghdad and towns south of the Iraqi capital killed at least 22 people.

Iraqi security forces show their skills during a province handover ceremony in Diwaniyah, Wednesday, July 16, 2008.
Iraqi security forces show their skills during a province handover ceremony in Diwaniyah, Wednesday, July 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)
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