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Bomb blast kills 7 in Baqouba: Iraqi police

Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 20:30

Baghdad: A bomb blast on Thursday in a building
used by a Sunni-backed political group in Iraq`s Diyala
province killed at least seven people, a reflection of the
deep political and ethnic divisions in Iraq despite its
security gains.

Diyala has been the scene of other violence this week,
with two days of clashes between an Iranian opposition group
living in a camp in the province and Iraqi security forces
that also left seven people dead.

Today`s blast hit Baqouba, the provincial seat of
Diyala that lies northeast of Baghdad, killing at least seven
and wounding ten people, Iraqi police and medical officials
said. A second police official said eight people were killed.

The bomb was hidden inside a building used by the
Reform and Development Movement, a Sunni-backed political
group founded last year that won four seats in the last
provincial council elections.

Meanwhile, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh today
confirmed that seven people were killed when Iraqi forces
seized control of the Iranian group`s camp, reversing two days
of denials that anyone had died in the raid.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 20:30
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