Car Bomb Explodes in Iraqi City of Samarra, Killing 17
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A car bomb exploded in a street lined with shops in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Saturday, killing at least 17 people, police and medics said.
They said the nighttime bombing in Samarra, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital, also wounded at least 35 people and damaged several shops, AP reported.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, but insurgents, including al-Qaeda have been regaining ground this year.
More than 6,000 people have been killed in acts of violence across the country so far this year.
"I stopped my car to buy sweets for my kids from a nearby shop when suddenly a huge blast shook the area," said 45-year-old teacher Kamal Mahmoud.
"I felt the heat of the blast on my face and the bodies of two women thrown in the middle of the street covered in blood, one of them without legs".
Places such as markets, cafes and mosques have been favorite targets for terrorists. Having been forced underground in 2007, al Qaeda is now staging a comeback, invigorated by war in Syria.