12 Killed in Car Bomb Explosion in Iraq

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A car bombing has killed at least a dozen and injured 40 east of Iraq, security forces have announced.

12 Killed in Car Bomb Explosion in Iraq

Police and hospital sources said Monday that the blast happened in Shaftah district of the city of Baqubah near a popular restaurant.

Iraq’s Summeriyah news said security forces cordoned off the area and ambulances arrived to transfer the wounded.

Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan said the attack happened at the heart of the city, adding that an investigation has been opened into the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Takfiri group Daesh, which controls areas in western and northern Iraq, has carried out similar attacks in the province of Diyala, where Baqubah is located, Press TV reported.

Back in January, more than two dozen were killed in two car bombs in the town of Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad.

The latest figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq show a total of 741 Iraqis were killed and 1,374 others injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in April.

According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 410.

Violence also claimed the lives of 331 members of the Iraqi security forces.

A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 232 civilians were killed

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