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5 killed as car bomb hits diners in Iraq

Extremists attacked a restaurant north of Baghdad with a car bomb on Wednesday (September 12th), killing five people and wounding more than 30, medical and police sources said.

Suspected "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) members planted the bomb in a pickup left outside the restaurant by an important highway in Hajjaj, a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"Five people were killed and 32 wounded," in the bombing near Tikrit city, 175 kilometres north of Baghdad, the officer said.

The attack took place during lunchtime and targeted "a restaurant where there were travellers returning from Baghdad to Dohuk" in the Kurdish region to the north, the police officer said.

Medical sources said women and children were among the wounded.

The restaurant had already been attacked by two suicide bombers in the spring, the police officer said.

On Monday, security forces said they had killed 13 extremists north of Tikrit as part of a large-scale land and air operation against them in Iraq's desert and mountainous areas.

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