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Iraq bomber targets ice cream shop

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 - 00:28

Oct. 19 - At least five killed and more wounded in the latest explosion targetting a mainly Shi'ite area of Baghdad. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION At least five people were killed and 15 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in a predominantly Shi'ite neighbourhood east of the capital Baghdad after nightfall on Friday (October 18), police and medics said. The blast was caused by a car bomb parked outside an ice cream parlour in the al-Mashtal neighbourhood of Baghdad, police said. The force of the blast destroyed parts of the ice cream parlour as well as vehicles parked near the site. Onlookers gathered to look at the extent of the damage early on Saturday (October 19). Iraqi people's Eid celebrations were marred by a number of attacks as ten bombs exploded in primarily Shi'ite districts of the Iraqi capital late on Thursday (October 17), killing 44 people. One blast occurred near an amusement park north of Baghdad's Sadr City neighbourhood, killing six children. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but Shi'ites are viewed as apostates by hardline Sunni Islamists who have been regrouping and gathering pace in an insurgency this year. More than 6,000 people have been killed in acts of violence across the country this year, according to monitoring group Iraq Body Count.

Iraq bomber targets ice cream shop

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 - 00:28

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