Huge Car Bomb Kills 40 In Eastern Iraq

Dozens of casualties still without medical attention
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 6:27 AM CDT
A car bomb in Baquba, Iraq, left at least 40 people dead and 75 wounded.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A car bomb ripped through the Iraqi city of Baquba today, leaving at least 40 people dead and more than 70 injured, Reuters reports. The bomb went off near midday outside a restaurant that faces the city's main courthouse. Only a short while later a second bomb went off in the city of Ramadi, killing another 13 people.

Baquba, capital of Iraq's multi-ethnic Diyala province, is one of the key battlegrounds in the American and Iraqi armies' struggle against al-Qaeda in Iraq insurgents. With a shortage of ambulances, eyewitnesses reported that charred bodies remained inside cars at the scene of the blast.