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Oct 13, 2014 12:36 PM

Iraqi officials: Suicide blast in Baghdad kills 12

The Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) Police officials in the Iraqi capital say a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood, killing 12 people.

The officials say the blast took place in the eastern Habibiya district of Baghdad on Monday evening. They say at least 20 people were wounded in the attack.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. All spoke anonymously as they are not authorized to brief the media.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which came as many Iraqi Shiites families were celebrating a major Shiite holiday and the city streets were especially crowded for the occasion.


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