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Truck bomb in northern Iraq kills at least 23

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 00:50

At least 23 people have died and 60 wounded in northern Iraq after a suicide bomb attack near a vegetable market. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. At least 23 people were killed and 60 wounded when a suicide bomber set off a truck bomb near a crowded marketplace in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu, police and medical sources said on Tuesday (November 22). Military authorities said 17 were killed and 36 injured, according to a statement. An interior ministry spokesman said a "violent explosion" took place near a vegetable market in the town, south of Kirkuk. Most of the casualties were civilians, the police and medical sources told Reuters. The death toll was expected to rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition. The bombing took place in a mainly Shi'ite Turkmen area. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Suicide bombings are a trademark of Islamic State, and Iraqi security officials have said the group was likely to wage an insurgency after its self-proclaimed caliphate collapsed and its militants were dislodged from territories they held in the country.

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Truck bomb in northern Iraq kills at least 23

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 00:50